Egypt praises US 'understanding' in shift on Morsi

Reuters , Thursday 11 Jul 2013

The US State Department dubs the rule of Mohamed Morsi 'undemocratic'; new interim Egyptian government lauds apparent US policy shift

Egypt's interim government praised the United States Thursday for showing "understanding" in describing the rule of ousted president Mohamed Morsi "undemocratic."

Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said the US comments "reflect understanding and realisation ... about the political developments that Egypt is witnessing in the recent days, as embodying the will of millions of Egyptians who took to the streets starting 30 June to ask for their legitimate rights and call for early elections."

In an apparent reversal of US policy, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Morsi's rule "wasn't a democratic rule," adding: "What I mean is what we've been referencing about the 22 million people who have been out there voicing their views and making clear that democracy is not just about simply winning the vote at the ballot box."

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