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UK endorses Egyptian interim government 'future map' for 1st time

For the first time since Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's ouster on 3 July, the UK voices explicit support for the plan opposed by his supporters

Amer Sultan in London, Sunday 1 Dec 2013
El-Sisi announced the ouster of Mohamed Morsi
General Abdel Fattah El-Sisi addresses the nation from behind a podium. Sitting behind him are leaders including Coptic Pope Tawadros, the Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Mohamed ElBaradei, Tamarad or "rebel" movement leaders and Nour Party leaders. El-Sisi announced the ouster of Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday, 3 July 2013 (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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A UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spokesperson told Ahram Online Saturday that his government is "working with the [Egyptian] interim government to encourage an inclusive democratic transition."

Asked about his government’s view of the roadmap adopted nearly five months ago following Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's ouster, the FCO spokesperson said: "We support the process which is currently taking place."

He also affirmed the UK does not back any specific political party or group in Egypt as it "strongly supports an inclusive political system which allows all groups in society to be represented and in which freedom of expression is respected."

When the military deposed Morsi on 3 July amid mass nationwide protests against his rule, British Prime Minister David Cameron had said: "We never support in countries the intervention by the military, but what needs to happen now in Egypt is for democracy to flourish and for a genuine democratic transition to take place."

Although Morsi and his supporters continue to argue that elections are the only legitimate route to government change, Cameron has expressed that democracy is not only about ballot boxes.

"Freedom of expression will be essential to achieving a successful transition in Egypt," the spokesman said.

He added that his government had noted the concerns of the UN and civil society organisations regarding the new protest law. "We encourage the Egyptian authorities to address these concerns," the spokesman said.

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01-12-2013 07:51pm
The reason why the UK and America are willing to support the proposed Egyptian constitution is that these governments are tired of receiving Coptic refugees from Egypt. The truth is that the Christian population has been shrinking dramatically in the Middle East over the last 100 years. If western countries offered visas to every Coptic person in Egypt today, Christianity would disappear in Egypt in less than a year. That is reality. In 100 years, most of the current Christian population that has the financial means will no longer live in most parts of the Arabic speaking nations. That is why the UK and America are trying to keep the farmers (Coptics) down on the farm (Egypt and to a certain degree Lebanon).
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01-12-2013 07:24pm
About Time
Can only add that it is about time that my country finally got off the fence and supported the people of Egypt
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