People’s Assembly Convenes, Defying SCC Decision

Newly-elected president Muhammad Morsi threatened a confrontation with the military. On July 9, Morsi ignored a decision of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) and revoked an order by Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi to dissolve the People’s Assembly. While Morsi claimed his action was in line with the SCC’s decision, he further ordered the People’s Assembly to reconvene.

Later on in the day, military soldiers made no attempt to block members from entering the People’s Assembly. The body convened, only to adjourn after five minutes. A procedural motion to appeal the SCC decision was passed. The legal details surrounding this confrontation were largely ambiguous.