CAIRO: Egypt's official news agency says President Mohammed Morsi has ordered the return of the country's Islamist-dominated parliament that was dissolved by the powerful military.
The Middle East News Agency said the Sunday decree from Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, also called for new parliamentary elections to be held within 60 days of the adoption of a new constitution for the country, which is not expected before late this year.
Last month the then-ruling military generals dissolved the legislature based on a ruling by the Supreme Constitutional Court.
Morsi's move appeared to be in defiance of the military's ''constitutional declaration'' announced on June 16 that gave it legislative powers and stripped Morsi of much of his presidential authority. The military formally handed power to Morsi on June 30.