Cairo - Egypt's president-elect Mohamed Morsi pushed ahead Tuesday with selecting a government, as a court delivered a blow to the ruling military, suspending its powers to arrest civilians.
Egypt's first civilian president, and its first elected leader since an uprising ousted president Hosni Mubarak early last year, still has to contend with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
The SCAF, which took control after Mubarak resigned in February 2011, will retain broad powers even after it formally transfers control to Morsi at the end of June.
Already on Monday, the president-elect had met Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the head of SCAF and the man to whom Mubarak handed power.
The new president has to contend with the fact that the country's top court earlier this month declared the Islamist-dominated parliament to be null.
The military subsequently assumed legislative powers and thus will dominate a powerful national security council headed by Morsi.
The military also reserves the right to appoint a new constituent assembly should the one elected by parliament be disbanded by a court decision expected on 01 September.
But the Muslim Brotherhood has insisted that only parliament can appoint the assembly.
Morsi was the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood, even though he resigned from the movement in order to take the top job, pledging to represent all Egyptians.
"All these details are on the table for discussion," said a senior aide to the president-elect on Tuesday. "Nothing has been settled yet, and no decision has been taken."