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Egypt's parliament convenes, defying military
 
Egyptian soldiers outside Cairo's defense ministry: To loosen the military council's grip on Egypt, the U.S. may be forced to revoke financial aid.
Egyptian soldiers outside Cairo's defense ministry: To loosen the military council's grip on Egypt, the U.S. may be forced to revoke financial aid.
Ashraf Amra \ Apaimages/ZUMA Press/Corbis

Defying the country's military rulers, Egypt's parliament convened briefly on Tuesday in its first session since a court ordered it dissolved in June. The legislature met for less than an hour, but the power struggle between Egypt's military and newly elected President Mohamed Morsi, who ordered parliament to reconvene, is intensifying. Some legislators were positive on the meeting, saying it "filled a legislative vacuum in the country," while another said "the president's decree created a crisis." The Muslim Brotherhood has called for a large-scale protest on Tuesday to demonstrate support for Morsi. Despite it all, Monique El-Faizy with the World Policy Institute says a full-blown confrontation between Egypt's military leaders and Morsi is unlikely.

 

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