Cairo - Egypt’s parliament was hanging in legal limbo on Wednesday after the top court overruled a presidential decree reinstating the dissolved house, intensifying a power struggle between the president and the army.
“The battle for power centred on the judiciary,” read the headline of independent daily Al-Watan.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Constitutional Court annulled a decree by newly elected President Mohammed Morsi reinstating the Islamist-led lower house of parliament, after ruling last month that it was invalid.
“The court ordered the freeze of the president’s decree, a judicial source said, adding that it “ordered that its previous ruling be implemented”.
On Sunday, Morsi had ordered parliament back and invited it to convene. Taking its cue from the president, the People’s Assembly met on Tuesday.
“We are gathered today to review the court rulings, the ruling of the Supreme Constitutional Court,” speaker Saad al-Katatni said. I want to stress, we are not contradicting the ruling, but looking at a mechanism for the implementation of the ruling of the respected court. There is no other agenda today,” he added.
It was not immediately clear how the new ruling would be implemented.
“There have been no instructions to prevent MPs from entering the parliament building,” the lower house’s secretariat said in a statement.