US Embassy in Cairo denies endorsing Brotherhood's Morsi

Ahram Online, Sunday 24 Jun 2012

Cairo's American Embassy says all claims of the US supporting the Muslim Brotherhood are false

Mohamed Morsi
Cairo's U.S. Embassy denies Brotherhood's Morsi being supported by the American administration (Photo: Reuters)

The US Embassy in Cairo refuted on its official Twitter account Sunday circulating claims that the US administration was backing the Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate.

On Thursday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Egypt's ruling military council to fulfill its promise and hand over power to the "legitimate election winner."

Some interpreted that statement as a US endorsement of the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi who is competing against Hosni Mubarak's ex-prime minister Ahmed Shafiq.

US Embassy denied all claims that the US administration asked the military coundil to hand power to the Muslim Brotherhood.

"We do not support any individual candidate or group; we support the democratic process," said the US Embassy Twitter admin, underlining that Clinton's was nothing but an expression of support for democracy.

Liberal and secular parties condemned what they saw as "US intervention" in a press conference Saturday, asking the Muslim Brotherhood to break its silence and refuse any attempt at US intrusion in domestic affairs.

The embassy's Twitter account further refused to respond "to hypothetical predictions" on the victory of one candidate or the other, saying that the US Embassy "will work with whomever the Egyptian people elect."

Egypt's Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission is due to announce who will be Egypt's post-revolution president Sunday at 3pm.

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