Egypt's upper house of parliament meets Wednesday

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Tarek el-Zomor leader and founder of the Building and Development Party, who was convicted with others of planning the assassination of late president Anwar in 1981, talks during a presser to celebrate the early results of an Islamist-backed constitution in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. The Muslim Brotherhood, the main group backing the charter, claimed it passed with a 64 percent "yes" vote. The official results are expected on Monday, Dec. 24. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

CAIRO (AP) — An official statement says President Mohammed Morsi has ordered parliament's upper chamber to convene on Wednesday.

The statement Monday comes a day after Morsi appointed 90 members to the Islamist-dominated Shura Council. The 90 include at least 30 Islamists and six minority Christians. The council has a total of 270 members, two-thirds of them elected.

The toothless body was elected last winter by less than 10 percent of the 51 million eligible voters. It will assume legislative powers until a lower chamber is elected within the next two months. Morsi has had legislative powers since the lower chamber was dissolved by a court in June.

The council's empowerment is provided for in a new constitution passed in a referendum over the past two weekends, according to unofficial results.