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Obama prods Egypt government on democracy

Monday, Jul 01, 2013 - 01:33

July 1 - U.S. President Barack Obama prods the government of Egyptian President Mursi to create conditions to allow people to feel ''their voices are heard.'' Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Thousands fill Tahrir Square in Cairo, calling for President Mohamed Mursi to step down. Egypt's powerful armed forces have weighed in calling on the nation's feuding politicians to agree on an inclusive roadmap for the country's future within 48 hours. U.S. President Barack Obama in Tanzania weighs in. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "We're all concerned about what's happening in Egypt." (EDIT) "There is more work to be done to create the conditions in which everybody feels that their voices are heard and that the government is responsive and truly representative." The outrage comes as critics accuse Mursi's Islamic Brotherhood, of using electoral victories to monopolize power. They want a total reset of the rules of a democracy. The Brotherhood's offices in Cairo came under attack signaling that the party has not only alienated liberals but also angered millions of Egyptians concerned about economic mismanagement. Looters made their way through the building taking what has been left behind. In Alexandria civilians join police officers in the streets for a funeral march and to call on Mursi to step down. Mursi has not appeared in person, although he renewed offers to work with a new parliament if disputes over election rules can be ironed out. But so far, he is offering no substantial concessions.

Obama prods Egypt government on democracy

Monday, Jul 01, 2013 - 01:33

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