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US Embassy Twitter account debates politics with Egyptians

A tweet on democracy and Egypt ignites debate between the US Embassy Cairo Twitter account and Egyptian Twitter users

Ekram Ibrahim, Tuesday 27 Nov 2012
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"One of the revolution's ambitions is guaranteeing that power is neither concentrated in neither one hand nor one entity," a tweet published in Arabic by the US Embassy Cairo Twitter account on Tuesday.

After, the launch of a hot debate started between Egyptian Twitter users and the embassy.

Many Twitter users expressed their anger towards the United States' stance on democracy, yet the state has supported the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi administration.

"Please stop supporting the fascist Muslim Brotherhood.  We used to think the US were supporters of Democracy. Now prove it!" Osama ElBatrik @OBatrik tweeted in response to the US Embassy tweet.

The US Embassy Cairo tweeted in return: "We don’t support them."

"We want to see the constitutional process in #Egypt move forward in a way that does not overly concentrate power in one set of hands," the US Embassy Cairo also tweeted.

Another reaction was by Iaskmaie @maii who stated via Twitter, "Liar Liar pants (& ass) on fire."

Furthermore, the US Embassy Cairo account denied the accusation of being a liar, asking the Twitter user to open a dialogue if she wants.

Soon after, several US administration members came under scrutiny, such as an advisor to President Barack Obama who is claimed to be an outright Muslim Brotherhood member, Dalia Megahed, and  Muslim deputy chief for Clinton accused for having links with Muslim Brotherhood, Homa Abdeen,

At the very end, @maii tweeted, "As I said b4, you are, by your own political naivety, held responsible for much. So don't expect open arms after all this is over."

This very small conversation mirrors some of the frustration voiced by many Egyptian Twitter users when the United States tries to voice its support for democracy.

On Monday, US President Obama called for political calm in Egypt to peacefully overcome the power struggle between Islamists and opposition that heated up after the announcement of a controversial constitutional declaration by President Mohamed Morsi, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Last Wednesday, President Obama thanked his Egyptian counterpart President Mohamed Morsi for his role in negotiating a planned truce between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza.

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