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Divisions over Egypt's presidential ouster

Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 - 01:38

July 6 - The country and the outside world are divided over how to react to the overthrow of Egypt's first democratically elected leader. Lily Grimes reports.

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Pro-Mursi demonstrators - tired but steadfast. This man says Wednesday's ousting of Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Mursi, was nothing but a military coup. And U.S. Senator John McCain agrees. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN, SAYING: "We have to suspend aid to the Egyptian military because the Egyptian military has overturned the vote of the people of Egypt.'' But Egypt's Ambassador to the U.S., Mohamed Tawfik, said that, with millions taking to the streets, army intervention was the best option available. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EGYPTIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES, MOHAMED TAWFIK, SAYING: "President Mursi and his supporters, what they did is they mobilised, they stirred people's feelings up and basically they encouraged their supporters to face the other demonstrators, so there was no option for the military and for the rest of Egyptian society but to intervene." But the scenes of celebration in Tahrir Square following the ouster had dissipated by Saturday morning. At least 30 people died and more than 1,000 were wounded in clashes across the country on Friday. In central Cairo, pro- and anti-Mursi protesters fought deadly pitched battles late into the night.

Divisions over Egypt's presidential ouster

Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 - 01:38

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