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Turkey’s Erdogan slams military coup in Egypt as ‘illegitimate’

Iran Press TV

Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:32AM GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has voiced strong opposition against a military coup in Egypt that ousted President Mohamed Morsi, denouncing the move as ‘illegitimate.’

Commenting on the recent happenings in Egypt on Thursday, Erdogan said Ankara regards every military coup as “illegitimate,” Turkey’s official news agency Anadolu reported.

“Every military coup, regardless of its target, country and reason, is the murderer of the democracy, people and the future of the country,” Erdogan said, adding that anti-government protests in Cairo’s Liberation Square did not legalize coup.

Egypt plunged into violence after the country’s powerful military ousted Morsi, suspended the constitution, and dissolved the parliament on July 3. The military overthrow followed days of mass protests against Morsi.

The army declared chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, as interim president on July 4.

The Turkish premier added, “If the squares are indicators, where will you place Rab’a Al-Adawiya Square?” referring to the square near the presidential palace in the Egyptian capital, where supporters of Morsi stage their gatherings.

On July 5, Erdogan condemned the removal of Morsi from office through a military intervention and criticized the West for failing to call the ouster a coup.

Since last week, Egypt has been witnessing mass protests and deadly clashes involving supporters and opponents of Morsi and security forces. Many people have been killed over the past few days, with more than 80 deaths reported on July 8 alone.

On July 10, Egypt’s military-backed interim government stepped up its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, ordering the arrest of its spiritual leader, Mohamed Badie and other senior figures.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the detention of political activists in Egypt, saying, “There is no place for retribution or for the exclusion of any major party or community in Egypt.”


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