Morsi orders return of dissolved Egyptian parliament

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The Independent Online

Egypt's official news agency says President Mohammed Morsi has ordered the return of the country's Islamist-dominated parliament, which was dissolved by the powerful military.

The Middle East News Agency said a decree from Mr Morsi, a member of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, also called for new parliamentary elections to be held within 60 days of the adoption of a new constitution for the country, which is not expected before late this year.

Mr Morsi's move appeared to be in defiance of the military's "constitutional declaration" that stripped him of much of his presidential authority.