Obama Call for Muslim Brotherhood Role Overtaken in Egypt


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The Obama administration’s call for an “inclusive” political process in Egypt with a role for the Muslim Brotherhood was all but overtaken by clashes in the streets of Cairo.

Violent protests today over the military’s ouster of President Mohamed Mursi raised fresh doubts about prospects for an eventual accommodation that would let the Islamic organization that backed Mursi compete in new elections.

Enlarge image Obama Call for Muslim Brotherhood Role Eclipsed in Egypt Fight

An anti-Mursi protester is carried away after allegedly being shot by Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Tahrir Square during fighting between the two camps in Cairo on July 5, 2013. Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Enlarge image Obama Call for Muslim Brotherhood Role Eclipsed in Egypt Fight

People celebrate in Tahrir Square as a military helicopter flies overhead in Cairo on July 5, 2013. Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

While President Barack Obama’s administration has stopped short of condemning the July 3 military takeover, it has called on Egyptian leaders to pursue “a transparent political process that is inclusive of all parties and groups,” including “avoiding any arbitrary arrests of Mursi and his supporters,” Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said yesterday in a statement.

Read full story -  Obama Call for Muslim Brotherhood Role Overtaken in Egypt – Bloomberg.

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