US senator urges Egypt's military to hold elections quickly

By REUTERS
August 4, 2013 18:25

 
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WASHINGTON - Egypt's military must move "more aggressively" to hold elections and future US aid will hinge upon a return to civilian rule, US Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday as he and another senior Republican lawmaker prepared to travel to Cairo.

"The Egyptian military must move more aggressively toward turning over control to the civilian population, civilian organizations. The military can't keep running the country. We need democratic elections," Graham said in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" program.

President Barack Obama has asked Graham and Senator John McCain, both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to travel to Egypt to meet with its military leaders and members of the opposition. Graham said he and McCain would be leaving soon, but he did not give a date.

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