Islamists Reject Kerry Charge They Stole Egypt Revolt

Friday, 22 Nov 2013 06:58 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

CAIRO — Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood on Friday dismissed comments by Secretary of State John Kerry accusing them of stealing the revolution, saying Washington backed the ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

Unrest has spiked in Egypt since the military overthrew Morsi in July following popular protests against his one-year rule and accusations that he concentrated too much power in the hands of the Brotherhood.

Kerry had defended the army's action and Washington said Morsi had failed to live up to calls for an inclusive, transparent government based on democratic principles.

Morsi was Egypt's first freely elected president taking over from the military junta which replaced veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak after he was ousted by massive protests in 2011.

But on Wednesday Kerry delivered his harshest assessment to date of Morsi and his Islamist backers saying the revolt "got stolen by the one single-most organized entity in the state, which was the Brotherhood."

The group's secretary general Mahmoud Hussein hit back saying the Brotherhood won parliamentary and presidential elections after Mubarak's ouster through "transparent" polls organized by the military which was ruling the country at the time and observed by former President Jimmy Carter.

Hussein charged that the Obama administration "backed and participated in the coup" that toppled Morsi.

The United States "which promotes democracy and freedoms at home is the biggest supporter of dictatorship and repression," Hussein said.

Since Morsi's ouster, Egypt's military-installed interim government has cracked down on the Brotherhood with hundreds behind bars and top leaders, including Morsi, put on trial on charges of inciting deadly violence.

The clampdown came after hundreds were killed in clashes that erupted when security forces dispersed two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo in August.

© AFP 2014

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Pope Francis in Turkey: Developing a Bond with the Orthodox

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 13:16 PM

Just six months ago, on May 25, Pope Francis and the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I met in Jerusalem, a 50t . . .

Iran on Nuke Talks Extension: 'Americans Surrendered to Our Might'

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 12:55 PM

Iranian leaders are celebrating the seven-month extension of nuclear talks with the United States and other world powers . . .

Sen. Mark Kirk: 'We're Getting Played' in Iran Nuclear Talks

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 09:20 AM

Secretary of State John Kerry has come under fire from both sides of the Senate for his handling of the nuclear talks wi . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved