Egypt’s new president decreed on Sunday that the dissolved
Islamist-led parliament should reconvene until a new one was
The decree reversed a decision by
the generals who had dismissed the assembly based on a court
“President Mohammad Mursi ordered
the reconvening of sessions of the elected parliament,” according
to a presidential statement read out by Mursi’s aide Yasser Ali.
An early parliamentary election will
be held within 60 days of a new constitution being approved by the
nation, Ali said.
The Supreme Constitutional Court
ordered the lower house of parliament dissolved last month after
finding fault with the election process.
The generals, Egypt’s interim rulers
until they handed powers to Mursi on June 30, implemented the
decision and gave themselves legislative powers.
Before the announcement, Mursi met
with a senior US official who relayed President Barack Obama's
assurance of America’s commitment to a “new partnership” with the
US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns told reporters in Cairo
after meeting Mursi that Egyptians could rely on US support as
they try to realize their aspirations.
Washington, he said, was looking to
see a democratically elected parliament in Egypt, a constitution
that protects “universal rights” and an inclusive government.
Burns is the highest ranking US
official to meet Mursi since he was sworn last month, succeeding
Hosni Mubarak, a close US ally whose regime was toppled in a
popular uprising last year.
US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton’s is also due to travel to Egypt later this month.