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Morsi Orders Dissolved Parliament Return, Defies Military Leaders

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In this image released by the Egyptian President, new Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi pins a medal on a military solider during a medal ceremony, at a military base east of Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, July 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Mohammed Abd El Moaty, Egyptian Presidency)
In this image released by the Egyptian President, new Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi pins a medal on a military solider during a medal ceremony, at a military base east of Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, July 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Mohammed Abd El Moaty, Egyptian Presidency)

CAIRO — Egypt's official news agency says the country's top generals are holding an "emergency meeting" to discuss the surprise decision by the president to recall the dissolved, Islamist-dominated parliament.

Last month, the then-ruling generals ordered the legislature dissolved following a ruling by Egypt's highest court that a third of the parliament's members were illegally elected.

The Middle East News Agency said the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces that comprises top military chiefs was meeting Sunday to "review and discuss the consequences" of President Mohammed Morsi's decision earlier the same day. An Islamist, Morsi is Egypt's first democratically elected president.

The generals took over from Hosni Mubarak when he stepped down nearly 17 months ago after a popular uprising. They formally handed over power to Morsi on June 30.

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