Some observers believe the president had struck a deal with the military and that Sunday's decisions were made after consultations with the two top men in SCAF, Field Marshall Mohammad Hussein Tantawi and Chief of Staff Gen.
We view the potential confrontation between the SCAF and the Muslim Brotherhood over the levers of power as weakening the effectiveness of the executive and its ability to pursue policies to address Egypt's structural challenges.
He also dismissed the addendum which has been attached to the Constitution by the SCAF, and said, "The military council is not entitled to issue an amendment to the Constitution and we reject the Constitutional addendum which takes away the authorities of the elected president.
The SCAF said it regretted shutting down the parliament, describing it as one of its proudest achievements since it took power from Mubarak's ouster, stressing it was forced to close the legislature because of the SCC's ruling.
The decision is reported to have been taken during a meeting with the ruling military rulers, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, SCAF, that has been ruling the country after the overthrow of Mubarak last year.
It said SCAF had met few of the commitments made in its many public statements and had expanded or added to wide-ranging powers under the new constitution that had in fact worsened the situation in some areas.