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Obama: 'Everybody must show restraint' in Egypt

US President Obama calls on Brotherhood and opposition forces to show restraint, before Egypt's armed forces gave all political forces 48 hours to end ongoing disputes

Ahram Online, Monday 1 Jul 2013
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US President Barack Obama (Photo: Reuters)

US President Barack Obama on Monday called on all parties in Egypt to show restraint in mass protests against President Mohamed Morsi, and specifically warned against attacks on women.

"Everybody has to show restraint," Obama said at a press conference in Tanzania, adding that "for those who are participating in these protests or marches, assaulting women does not qualify as peaceful protests."

Egypt's armed forces later issued a statement giving all Egyptian political forces 48 hours as a last chance to solve the ongoing problems.

Should the political forces fail to end ongoing disputes, the armed forces will announce a "new roadmap for the future," and will enforce certain measures with the help of all factions including the youth, without excluding anyone, according to the statement. 

Obama did not take a position on whether it was time for Morsi to go, but called on his government to reach out to the opposition and work through a legitimate process, and to observe the rule of law.

"What is clear right now is that although Mr. Morsi was elected democratically, there is more work to be done to create the conditions in which everybody feels their voices are heard," Obama said.

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02-07-2013 12:06am
Read the signs
"Obama supports MB [=Muslim Brotherhood] Fascist regime" Outside of presidential palace. etc. etc. etc. Listening? Mr. President
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01-07-2013 09:26pm
yeah obama hussein
well,to put it lightly,who the hell you are to tell people,what to do in their own country,you bastard US citizen? clear your muslem kenian belongings,and more important,your brotherhood roots nobody trust you apart from the east coast jewhish community,and thats the biggest joke
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01-07-2013 05:25pm
Oh please Mr. President
with all due respect, wouldn't it be about time to shut up? May be if you had not put the US interests before the needs of the Egyptian people, we would be better off? Egyptians understand Egypt best so please let us handle this matter now. thank you for your consideration.
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01-07-2013 11:38pm
Clearly they don't
Clearly they don't. They think that just because a president doesn't fulfill all his political promises in the first year he should be removed. They are doing it by protests, not the ballot box. They clearly don't understand democracy. We could help them.

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