|Egyptian president says will respect court ruling on parliament||
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi says he will respect a court ruling that overturned his decree reinstating the country’s parliament.
The remark was made in a statement by Morsi’s office on Wednesday, a day after the ruling of the Supreme Constitutional Court froze his decree.
"If yesterday's constitutional court ruling prevents parliament from fulfilling its responsibilities, we will respect that because we are a state of the law," the statement said.
"There will be consultations with (political) forces and institutions and the supreme council for legal authorities to pave a suitable way out of this," the statement added.
On Sunday, Morsi issued a decree reinstating the dissolved parliament in defiance of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which dissolved the parliament on June 14 in line with an earlier ruling by the Supreme Constitutional Court.
Upon a decree from Morsi, the Egyptian lawmakers reconvened on Tuesday, a month after the country’s high court dissolved the parliament.
The military had earlier warned that the decision to dissolve the parliament must be upheld, saying all state authorities should respect the constitution. But the president and lawmakers argue that the parliament’s dissolution was itself unconstitutional.
Under a constitutional declaration issued on June 17, the junta also took control of the state budget and gave itself veto power over a new constitution, making the new president almost powerless.
On Tuesday, Egyptians gathered in the capital’s iconic Liberation Square in response to a call by the country’s largest political party, the Muslim Brotherhood, which called for a million-man show of support for the popular president.
Voicing their support for their elected president in his first face-off with the army, the demonstrators denounced the top court's continued opposition to Morsi's decision to reinstate the parliament it had ruled invalid.
(Source: Press TV)
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