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Obama scrambles to save Morsi after Muslim Brotherhood rejects Egyptian army ultimatum

Posted By admin On July 2, 2013 @ 11:20 am In World News | Comments Disabled

DEBKAfile [1]
July 2, 2013

US President Barack Obama and Chief of US General Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey intervened in the Egyptian crisis early Tuesday, July 2, in an attempt to save the besieged President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. Obama called the Egyptian president and Gen. Dempsey phoned Chief of staff Gen. Sedki Sobhi, hoping to defuse the three-way crisis between the regime, the army and the protest movement before it gets out of hand.

The crash of Morsi’s presidency would seriously undermine the objectives of the Arab Revolt  pursued by the Obama administration as the arch-stone of his Middle East policy.

The administration had earlier sought unsuccessfully to persuade the heads of the Egyptian army not to issue its 48-hour ultimatum to Egypt’s rulers [2] “heed the will of the people” by Wednesday afternoon – or else the army would intervene.

The Americans proposed instead to leave Morsi in place after stripping him of presidential authority and installing a transitional government to prepare the country for new elections to the presidency and parliament.

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[1] DEBKAfile: http://www.debka.com/article/23088/Obama-scrambles-to-save-Morsi-after-Muslim-Brotherhood-rejects-Egyptian-army-ultimatum

[2] 48-hour ultimatum to Egypt’s rulers: http://www.debka.com/article/23086

[3] With Morsi Ultimatum Ticking Down, Egyptian Army Take Control Of State TV Building – Live Feed: http://www.prisonplanet.com/with-morsi-ultimatum-ticking-down-egyptian-army-take-control-of-state-tv-building-live-feed-from-cairo.html

[4] Mansour sworn in as Egyptian head of state; Morsi held by army; at least 14 killed in clashes: http://www.prisonplanet.com/mansour-sworn-in-as-egyptian-head-of-state-morsi-held-by-army-at-least-14-killed-in-clashes.html

[5] Muslim Brotherhood offices torched, Morsi on defensive: http://www.prisonplanet.com/muslim-brotherhood-offices-torched-morsi-on-defensive.html

[6] Egyptian troops clear pro-Morsi sit-ins; Brotherhood says 120 killed: http://www.prisonplanet.com/egyptian-troops-clear-pro-morsi-sit-ins-brotherhood-says-120-killed.html

[7] After Morsi’s ouster, Egypt’s old guard is back — and Muslim Brotherhood is out: http://www.prisonplanet.com/after-morsis-ouster-egypts-old-guard-is-back-and-muslim-brotherhood-is-out.html

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