Erdogan says Morsi is Egypt sole legitimate pres.

Erdogan says Morsi is Egypt sole legitimate pres.
Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:20:01

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Egypt’s ousted leader Mohamed Morsi is the only legitimate president of the country.

Erdogan made the remarks on Sunday during an interview with Turkey’s English-language daily Today's Zaman.

"Currently, my president in Egypt is Morsi because he was elected by the people," he stated. "If we don't judge the situation like that it is tantamount to ignoring the Egyptian people.”

On Saturday, several Egyptian MPs in the disbanded upper house of parliament also rejected the ouster of Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president, in a military coup.

Speaking at a public rally organized by the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, some two dozen members of the Shura Council demanded the army reinstate Morsi, and called on other legislatures across the world not to recognize Egypt’s new military-appointed administration.

They rejected the legality of any action taken following what they called a military coup d’état against the elected president -- including the dissolution of the parliament.

In a televised speech late on July 3 night, Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that Morsi, a former leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was no longer in office and declared that the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmoud Mansour, had been appointed as the new interim president of Egypt. The army also suspended the constitution.

Army officials said ousted President Morsi, who took office in June 2012, was being held “preventively” by the military.


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