July 4, 2013 / 11:00 AM / 4 years ago

Turkey says Mursi's removal in Egypt an unacceptable 'coup'

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses the media in Ankara June 13, 2013.Umit Bektas

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday described as "unacceptable" the army's ousting of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, an intervention he labeled a "military coup".

"Only can you be removed from duty through elections, that is, the will of the people. It is unacceptable for a government, which has come to power through democratic elections, to be toppled through illicit means and even more, a military coup," Davutoglu told reporters.

Reporting by Ayla Jean Yackley; Writing by Jonathon Burch; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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