Defiance: Islamist Parliament In Egypt Reconvenes Despite Military Warning
Give them one inch, and they will demand a mile. But even a mile will not be good enough. It is but a stepping stone to seize it all …
Reuters – “CAIRO – Egypt’s parliament reconvened on Tuesday in an open challenge to the generals who dissolved the assembly last month, stirring up tensions with the military just 10 days into Mohamed Mursi’s presidency.
Mursi, the first civilian president to take office after six decades of military men in power, recalled the assembly on Sunday. The body, dominated by Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood group and other allies, was dismissed by the army in line with a court ruling issued days before Mursi’s election.
Shortly before parliament speaker Saad al-Katatni opened the session, the United States urged all sides to engage in talks to safeguard the political transition in Egypt, a close US ally in the three decades under ousted Hosni Mubarak’s rule.
‘I invited you to convene in accordance with the decree issued by the president,’ said Katatni, who like Mursi hails from the Brotherhood. ‘I would like to confirm that the presidential decree does not violate the court order.’
The dispute is part of a broader power struggle which could take years to play out. It pits the Brotherhood, which was repressed by Mubarak and his predecessors, against the generals seeking to keep their privileges and status and a wider establishment still filled with Mubarak-era officials.
The parliament was elected over the course of six weeks beginning in November, under a complex voting procedure which the court later ruled was unconstitutional, declaring the lower house void.
The then-ruling military said that meant the parliament had to be dissolved, but Mursi’s supporters say it should still be allowed to work until early elections are held after a new constitution is passed.
On Monday the army defended its action to dissolve parliament and, in an apparent swipe at the president, said it was confident ‘all state institutions’ would respect the constitution and the law.
Nevertheless, the army did not take any steps to prevent lawmakers from entering parliament.” Read more.
Flashback: Muslim Brotherhood Elder: ‘The Whole World Belongs to Us’ – “We are the children of Islam, the children of prophecy, the children of ‘there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the prophet of Allah.’ I say unto you Gouraud, we will return and we will kill anyone who has polluted the al-Aqsa Mosque. I say unto you that we will return, as the day of Qurayza from long ago. I say unto you that we will return, as the day of Khaybar from long ago. I say unto you that we will return. Jerusalem belongs to us. Al-Aqsa belongs to us. Jerusalem belongs to us, and the whole world belongs to us. Every land upon which Islam has set foot will return to us. The caliphate will return to us, on the platform of prophecy.” Read more.