CAIRO — The speaker of Egypt’s Islamist-dominated dissolved parliament has called for the legislature meet this week, raising tensions with the powerful military which backed a court ruling to dissolve it.
Egypt’s official Middle East News Agency said Monday that speaker Saad el-Katatni, himself an Islamist, has called for parliament to meet Tuesday.
El-Katatni’s decision comes a day after Islamist President Mohammed Morsi recalled the legislature in defiance of last month’s ruling by the country’s highest court to dissolve it. The then-ruling military backed the Supreme Constitutional Court’s verdict with a decree to disband the chamber.
The dispute threatens to plunge the country into a new bout of instability, perhaps violence, 17 months after the ouster of longtime authoritarian ruler Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising.