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“It’s possible for a military coup to advance democratic development, but it’s rare, and the bar is pretty high,” Tamara Cofman Wittes, a senior researcher at the Brookings Institution, said Thursday in a analysis column.
“The burden is heavy now on the Egyptian military to demonstrate that the new transitional authority can and will govern in a transparent, restrained manner, and move the country swiftly back to democratic rule,” wrote Mrs. Wittes, director of Brooking’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy.
President Obama issued a statement saying U.S. officials “are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsy and suspend the Egyptian constitution.”
“I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process, and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsy and his supporters,” the statement said.
“I have also directed the relevant departments and agencies to review the implications under U.S. law for our assistance to the Government of Egypt,” Mr. Obama said.
Mrs. Wittes said that language is a warning to the Egyptian military.
“The law should be swiftly invoked in the Egyptian case, and used to hold the Egyptian military accountable for swift progress on their transition roadmap,” she said.
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Kristina Wong is a national security reporter for The Washington Times, covering defense, foreign policy and intelligence affairs. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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