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US says concerned with Egyptian protest law

Reuters , Tuesday 26 Nov 2013
US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki (Photo: AP)

The United States on Monday expressed concern over a new law in Egypt that restricts demonstrations, saying it agrees with groups that argue the law does not meet international standards and hampers the country's move toward democracy.

"The United States wants Egypt's transition to an inclusive democracy to succeed," State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement after Egyptian security forces fired teargas to disperse university students who had defied the law, which was passed on Sunday.

"We urge the interim government to respect individual rights and we urge that the new constitution protect such rights," the statement added.

Egypt has experienced some of its worst civilian violence in decades following the early July military ouster of the country's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, after nationwide mass protests against his one-year rule.

The United States has suspended military aid to the country and pressed the country's interim government to adhere to a roadmap to democracy that will lead to new elections next year.

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