A show of support for Egypt's new government in Tahrir Square
Friday, July 19, 2013 - 00:50
July 19 - Egyptians rally in Tahrir Square to voice support for new interim president and army in bid to counter supporters of deposed President Mursi. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Thousands of protesters demonstrating against deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday shortly after breaking their fast with the iftar meal.
Protesters waved the Egyptian flag and held up posters and banner showing support for Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who shunted the contested Mursi from office.
More than two weeks after Egypt's powerful military removed Mursi from office, there is still no sign of a possible deal to defuse the crisis, which has divided the most populous Arab state and alarmed its Western allies.
Egypt's closest Western ally, the United States, has tried to tread softly through the crisis, still undecided whether to brand the downfall of Mursi a military coup - a move that would force Washington to suspend its large aid programs for Cairo.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned Egypt's new foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy, expressing hopes that the transitional period of government would be successful, a spokesman for the Egyptian foreign ministry said on Friday.
The Muslim Brotherhood called for demonstrations around the country on Friday, accusing the head of the armed forces of staging a coup to sweep Mursi from power.
The army said it had to intervene after mammoth street protests against Mursi, who was criticized as incompetent and partisan, and has installed an interim cabinet to prepare for elections. It includes no members of Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood or other Islamist parties previously in government.
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