Saturday 16 December 2017

EU calls for return to democracy in Egypt

Sarah El Deeb Cairo

The EU's top foreign policy official has urged Egypt's interim leaders and supporters of the ousted Islamist president to co-operate in a political process that moves the country toward democracy.

But Mohammed Morsi's backers expanded their protests in Cairo, denouncing the new government and casting doubt on the prospects for reconciliation.

The Muslim Brotherhood has rejected the new political order and demanded the reinstatement of Egypt's first democratically elected president two weeks after he was toppled by the military.

There was no sign that protests were dying down a day after the interim president swore in a 34-member cabinet, which included prominent figures from liberal and secular factions as well as officials who served under the regime of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, but no Islamists.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was the second foreign dignitary to visit Egypt this week, and the first to meet with Muslim Brotherhood officials since the July 3 coup, which followed mass protests.

Irish Independent

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