Cairo (AsiaNews) - The parliamentary session called by
Egypt's new president, Mohammed Morsi, lasted only a few minutes. Parliament
itself had been dissolved after a Supreme Constitutional Court in mid-June
declared the vote won by Islamists null and void. About a third of all members,
mostly from liberal and leftwing parties, boycotted the assembly.
People's Assembly Speaker Saad el-Katatni adjourned
the session until the Supreme Constitutional Court had an opportunity to rule
on Article 40 of the March 2011 Constitutional Declaration in relation to the
standing of members of the lower and upper houses of parliament.
On Monday, the Supreme Constitutional Court had rejected
Morsi's decree. "All the rulings and decisions of the Supreme Constitutional
Court are final and not subject to appeal . . . and are binding for all state
institutions," it said.
Fr Rafic Greiche, spokesman for the Egyptian Catholic
Church, said that Morsi's action could lead Egypt to another institutional
"In his speech to the Muslim Brotherhood leadership,
the Islamist leader said he would convene parliament, which he did. In so
doing, he has created a constitutional and legislative quandary, plunging the
country into another phase of stalemate," the priest said.
We are not yet faced with a confrontation with the
military, who have not yet spoken about the court's decision, because the
military and Islamists are trying to work out a deal to share power.
Many Egyptians are skeptical about the country's future
and its democratic prospects, which was the main gain from the Jasmine
Revolution against Mubarak.
This could be seen this morning in the streets where no
one responded to a call to demonstrate made by the Brotherhood and other groups
to discredit the military and show support for parliament.
Most people fear that the military and Islamists will
simply accuse each other of a coup.