Egypt's Islamist-led interim parliament dissolved

Egypt's Islamist-led interim parliament dissolved

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Egypt's chief justice Adly Mansour pauses during his swearing-in ceremony as Egypt's interim president in the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo on July 4, 2013, a day after the military ousted and detained president Mohamed Morsi following days of massive protests. The ceremony, which was broadcast live on national television, came after the military swept aside Morsi, a little more than a year after the Islamist leader took office. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 5, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 8 at 11:00 AM

CAIRO (AP) -- State TV says the military-backed interim president has dissolved the Islamist-dominated upper house of parliament.
 
   The television report says Adly Mansour, sworn in as head of state a day earlier, issued the order dissolving the Shura Council in a constitutional declaration.
 
   The Shura Council is normally a largely powerless body that does not legislate. But under the presidency of the now toppled Mohammed Morsi, it took up lawmaking powers because the lower house had been dissolved previously by court order.
 
   The council was overwhelmingly dominated by Morsi's allies.
 
   Morsi was ousted Wednesday night by the military, which also suspended the Islamist-drafted constitution.

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