CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of Egyptians are rallying in Cairo in support of the new president’s decision to reconvene the Islamist-dominated parliament despite a military-backed court ruling that dissolved the body.
Friday’s demonstration in Tahrir Square was organized by President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood party, a number of ultraconservative Islamist groups and a liberal activist movement. Leading liberal parties and the country’s main Salafi Nour Party stayed away from the rally.
Parliament reconvened on Tuesday after Morsi issued his decree, but the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court immediately ruled to halt his move, saying the assembly remains dissolved per an earlier ruling.
The demonstrators in Tahrir denounced the court and the country’s military council, which holds legislative powers in the absence of parliament. They say they reject the “politicization of the judiciary.”
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