Egypt’s coup sign of ‘backwardness,’ says ruling AKP Spokesperson

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The Egyptian military’s coup ousting elected President Mohamed Morsi is a sign of “backwardness,” ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Spokesperson Hüseyin Çelik told reporters July 3, accusing some Western countries of supporting it.

“Morsi deservedly won by his own efforts the elections organized by a bureaucracy inherited from Hosni Mubarak’s era and that took weeks to come to a conclusion,” Çelik said, comparing the developments in Egypt with the 1960 and 1980 coups in Turkey.  

“This coup has also received foreign support. Some Western countries have not accepted Muslim Brotherhood’s arrival to power. They have mobilized the streets, then issued a memorandum, and are now staging the coup,” Çelik also said.

Çelik warned that Turkey was concerned about confrontations that could lead to an eventual bloodshed. “Can Morsi resist against tanks and artillery cannons? We don’t know that. If Morsi’s supporters fight with his opponents, blood will be spilled. We will not approve that.” 

Çelik added it was unlikely that the army could straighten the economy.

Coup may disrupt democratization: CHP

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy head Faruk Loğoğlu also expressed concern regarding the situation in Egypt. 

Loğoğlu said that the developments could disrupt the democratization process launched after the Arab Spring movement toppled Mubarak’s regime. CHP was not in favor of the army meddling with politics, Loğoğlu also added. 

Hours earlier, Egypt’s military unveiled a new political roadmap, announcing the appointment of the head of the Constitutionnal Court as the interim President of a technocratic government.  

 

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