Sunday Aug 04, 201305:12 PM GMT
US involved in Egypt ‘coup’: Muslim Brotherhood
The supporters of Egypt
The supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi gather during a sit-in outside Rabaa al-Adawiya Mosque, Cairo, August 1, 2013.
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood says the United States has been involved in the “military coup” that ousted President Mohamed Morsi.


A senior member of the group, Mohamed al-Boltaji, said the recent remarks by US Secretary of State John Kerry in support of the Egyptian army came as no surprise, as Washington had a major role in the “military coup.”

On Thursday, Kerry defended Egypt’s military for the ouster of Morsi on July 3, claiming that the Egyptian army acted at the request of millions in order to ‘restore democracy.’

“The Egyptian military was asked to intervene by millions and millions of people, all of whom were afraid of a descent into chaos,” Kerry said in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.

The US official stopped short of calling the military ouster of Morsi a “coup,” adding that, “the military did not take over, to the best of our judgment… to run the country. There’s a civilian government.”

Boltaji noted that the Muslim Brotherhood is ready to hold talks on ending the current crisis and restoring diplomatic legitimacy to Egypt but would not recognize the “coup.”

Meanwhile, Essam el-Erian, another senior Brotherhood member, has expressed surprise that Kerry, an official of the US, which claims to be an advocate of democracy and human rights, has made such comments about the recent “coup.”

On Friday, Gehad al-Haddad, a spokesman for Muslim Brotherhood, asked in a statement, “Is it the job of the army to restore democracy? Does Secretary Kerry accept Defense Secretary (Chuck) Hagel to step in and remove (US President Barack) Obama if large protests take place in America?”

Egypt has been experiencing a crisis since July 3, when army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that President Mohamed Morsi was no longer in office.

Meanwhile, thousands of supporters of Egypt's ousted president, Morsi, have refused to leave their protest camps in Cairo. This comes despite a warning from the interim government. The protesters insist that they will not leave their camps until Morsi is reinstated.

Dozens of people, mostly the supporters of the overthrown president, were killed during the violence that erupted after the coup.

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