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US urges Morsi to "respect democratic principles" after decree
The United States urged Egypt on Monday to respect "democratic principles" a day after President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree reconvening parliament, even though the country's top court had earlier ordered it dissolved.
"Developments are unfolding quickly and we are monitoring them and in touch with Egypt's leaders," National Security Council spokesperson Tommey Vietor said. "Ultimately, though, these issues are for Egyptians to decide in a manner that respects democratic principles, is transparent, and protects the rights of all Egyptians."
The Supreme Constitutional Court ruled in June that parliament had been elected in an unconstitutional manner and should be dissolved. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which then held executive power, ordered the court's verdict to be implemented.
Analysts and the Muslim Brotherhood, which occupied nearly half of parliament and still claims Morsi as a member, interpreted the decision as a politicised attack on the Brotherhood's power.