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Sen. Patrick Leahy: U.S. law requires pulling foreign aid to Egypt because of military coup

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JOEL GEHRKE 
Washington Examiner
July 4, 2013

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., called for an end to foreign aid for Egypt, saying that the military coup that took place today disqualifies the new government from receiving American assistance under U.S. law.

“[O]ur law is clear: U.S. aid is cut off when a democratically elected government is deposed by military coup or decree,” Leahy said today.  “As we work on the new budget, my committee also will review future aid to the Egyptian government as we wait for a clearer picture.  As the world’s oldest democracy, this is a time to reaffirm our commitment to the principle that transfers of power should be by the ballot, not by force of arms.”

Leahy took care not to sound supportive of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, who was deposed in the midst of massive protests against his efforts to consolidate power and implement the sharia-based program of his political party, the Muslim Brotherhood.

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