Posted: Jul 5, 2013 10:55 AM by Associated Press
CAIRO (AP) - State TV says the military-backed interim president has dissolved the Islamist-dominated upper house of parliament.
The television report says Adly Mansour, sworn in as head of state a day earlier, issued the order dissolving the Shura Council in a constitutional declaration.
The Shura Council is normally a largely powerless body that does not legislate. But under the presidency of the now toppled Mohammed Morsi, it took up lawmaking powers because the lower house had been dissolved previously by court order.
The council was overwhelmingly dominated by Morsi's allies.
Morsi was ousted Wednesday night by the military, which also suspended the Islamist-drafted constitution.
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