Egypt says US shows 'understanding' in shift on Morsi

July 11, 2013 14:01

CAIRO - Egypt's interim government praised the United States for showing "understanding" on Thursday by describing the rule of ousted President Mohamed Morsi as undemocratic.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said the US comments "reflect understanding and realization ... about the political developments that Egypt is witnessing in the recent days, as embodying the will of the millions of Egyptians who took to the streets starting on June 30 to ask for their legitimate rights and call for early elections".

In an apparent reversal of US policy, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Morsi's government "wasn't a democratic rule ... What I mean is what we've been referencing about the 22 million people who have been out there voicing their views and making clear that democracy is not just about simply winning the vote at the ballot box".

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