Egypt's parliament defies ruling

Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament has convened in defiance of a ruling by the country’s highest court dissolving the legislature.

Speaker Saad el-Katatni told politicians gathered for Tuesday’s session that the legislature had met to find ways to implement the ruling rather than debate it out of respect for the principle of “the supremacy of the law and separation of authorities”.

The politicians then approved by a show of hands Mr el-Katatni’s proposal that the house seek legal advice from a high appeals court on how to implement the supreme court’s ruling. He then adjourned the session, which lasted about five minutes.

He said he would advise politicians in due course of the date of the next session.

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