US touts democracy as Egyptian military takes over

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By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has turned to its top officials to tout democracy and political transparency for Egypt. Their message took on a hollow tone as the Egyptian military installed a new leader for the country and began rounding up ousted President Mohammed Morsi and his supporters.

Officials briefed President Barack Obama on Thursday on their calls to counterparts in Egypt, Israel and other U.S. partners in the region.

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An administration official said the calls conveyed the importance of a quick and responsible return of full authority to a democratically elected civilian government.

Behind the scenes, the U.S. is signaling to Egypt and its allies that it accepts the military's decision to depose Morsi, and hopes that what fills the vacuum of power will be more favorable to U.S. interests.

 

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