Divided Egyptian Reactions Over Reconvening Parliament
Created: 2012-07-10 01:02 EST
A military graduation in Egypt's capital.
Newly-elected President Mohamed Morsi attends the ceremony amid a challenge to the military with his decision to reconvene the country's parliament..
The surprise move reverses a military council order dissolving the lower house after the nation's highest court ruled an elections law unconstitutional.
Some see it as a sign the new president will flout the law to impose his agenda.
[Sylvia, Egyptian Resident]:
"At the very least this is a lack of respect for the decision of the court. And we are supposed to be a nation of laws, and we are supposed to respect the laws of the day."
Others praise Mursi for standing up to military rulers in power since the 2011 revolution.
[Ahmed Moslem, Egyptian Resident]:
"We, thirty million Egyptians, elected a People's Assembly, and it will not do for the Military Council and its chosen judges to just, at the stroke of a pen, say that this parliament is dissolved."
By law, Supreme Constitutional Court decisions cannot be challenged.
Morsi's decision is part of what is likely to be a long power struggle in Egypt's fledgling democracy.