By Yasmine Saleh and Tom Finn
CAIRO: (Reuters) – Egyptian security forces crushed a protest camp of thousands of supporters of the deposed president on Wednesday, shooting dead scores of people in the bloodiest day in decades in the Arab world’s most populous country.
The health ministry said 149 people were killed, both in Cairo and in clashes that broke out elsewhere in the country. Deposed President Mohamed Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood said the death toll was far higher in what it described as a “massacre”.
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Egypt’s President Mohammed Mursi has ordered parliament to reconvene, a month after it was dissolved.
Mr Mursi, whose Muslim Brotherhood won most seats, said the chamber should reconvene until a new election is held.
The military had enforced a court order last month dissolving parliament because party members had contested seats reserved for independents.
The military council is meeting for an emergency session to discuss the presidential decree. The BBC’s Jon Leyne in Cairo says Mr Mursi’s decision may put him on a collision course with military leaders.
The military took over the reins of power last year, after the revolution that ended strongman Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. ….
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