CAIRO (AP) — A power struggle involving Egypt's new president and its military appears to be escalating -- but it hasn't stopped President Mohammed Morsi from appearing in public today with the country's top military brass.
At a military graduation ceremony, he sat between the head of the armed forces and the military's chief of staff.
Earlier today, Egypt's highest court insisted that its ruling that dissolved the country's parliament was final and binding. It's a ruling that was backed by the military.
Over the weekend, Morsi recalled the parliament, which was dominated by his fellow Islamists. And today, the parliament's speaker called on the lower chamber to convene tomorrow.
The move to restore parliament appears to be part of an effort to exert Morsi's authority as president, despite a series of moves by the military before his election that were aimed at limiting his powers.
APPHOTO CAI123: In this image released by the Egyptian President, an Egyptian military officer salutes President Mohammed Morsi, third from right, as he sits with Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri, center, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, fourth right, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Sami Anan, second right, and the Grand Sheik of Al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayyib, right, at a graduation ceremony at a military base east of Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 9, 2012. Egypt's highest court insisted Monday that its ruling that led to the dissolution of the Islamist-dominated parliament was final and binding, setting up a showdown with the country's newly elected president. The announcement on state TV came a day after President Mohammed Morsi recalled the legislators, defying the powerful military's decision to dismiss parliament after the Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that a third of its members had been elected illegally.(AP Photo/Sheriff Abd El Minoem, Egyptian Presidency) (8 Jul 2012)
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