The Edmond Sun

July 5, 2013

Sen. Inhofe applauds Egyptian military action

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe applauds the effort of the Egyptian military in assisting the Egyptian people during an interim transfer of power, he said.

Egyptian military leaders staged a political coup Wednesday in the ousting of former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and then suspending the country’s constitution. The action was taken after thousands of protesters spent four days filling Cairo’s Tahrir Square, calling for Morsi to abandon power.

Morsi had served as Egypt’s first democratically elected president in the 12 months he spent in office.

“Since President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood assumed power in Egypt, they have continued to oppress minority political opposition and have failed to bring stability to the country through strengthening the economy or providing basic government services to its people,” said Inhofe, R-Oklahoma.

Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood proved they are unfit to govern after their promises to the people of Egypt were not met, said Inhofe, a ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The Egyptian military understands the importance of maintaining peace and stability, Inhofe said. The chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour, was appointed by the military to serve as interim president and democratic presidential and parliamentary elections are possible, Egyptian military officials said.

Meanwhile, CBS News reports conflicts between Morsi supporters and those large crowds of Egyptians who revolted against him. Intense clashes were reported Friday on the bridge near Tahir Square, according to CNN. The Muslim Brotherhood has declared the military coup to be illegal.

“The voices of all those who have protested peacefully must be heard — including those who welcomed today’s developments, and those who have supported President Morsi,” President Barack Obama said Wednesday. “In the interim, I urge all sides to avoid violence and come together to ensure the lasting restoration of Egypt’s democracy.”

Obama said the U.S. expects the Egyptian military to protect the rights of all Egyptians, including the right to peaceful assembly, due process and free and fair trials in civilian courts. | 341-2121