CAIRO -- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi challenged the nationís military leaders Sunday by calling for parliament to reconvene, weeks after a high court ruled to dissolve the chamber amid fears that Islamists would dominate the government.
The move is the first provocative step by the newly elected president to confront Egyptís entrenched generals in what is shaping to be a protracted battle for power between a burgeoning political Islam and a secular old guard loyal to deposed leader Hosni Mubarak. The military held an emergency meeting on the action but did not immediately respond, according to the official state news agency.
It is unclear whether Morsi has the authority to restore the Islamist-controlled parliament while the chamberís fate remains before the courts. The strategy was part of a presidential decree that also called for a fresh legislature to be elected 60 days after a new constitution is ratified before the end of the year.
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What could this mean for Egypt? An Islamist held government seems to be exactly what the Egypt's military is trying to prevent, and already they are met with challenges from the new President, himself a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, who wants to reform a majority Islamist held parliament.