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CAIRO, (AP) — Egypt’s Islamist president says he’s committed to uphold court verdicts — an attempt to ease tensions over the fate of the country’s parliament.

Mohammed Morsi’s statement Wednesday came one day after the Supreme Constitutional Court ruled against his decree to call the house into session despite a June 14 ruling by the same tribunal that the legislature was invalid because a third of its members were elected illegally. The military dissolved parliament the following day.

Morsi’s decree heightened tensions with the powerful military.

The statement, carried by Egypt’s official news agency, appeared intended to reduce tensions, but it fell short of saying whether Morsi accepts the latest ruling.

The Islamist-led parliament met briefly Tuesday and voted to refer the original ruling to an appeals court.