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Diplomat says Egypt to 'reassure' world

16 July 2013, 10:03

Geneva - A top Egyptian diplomat says her nation is working hard to reassure the world that the military's removal of the country's first democratically elected president helps - not hinders - its transition to democracy.

Egypt's UN ambassador in Geneva, Wafaa Bassim, summoned reporters to spread the message that the "second revolution" on 3 July was justified by Mohamed Morsi's failure to listen to the people.

Bassim said Monday that "what we are trying to do is send a message of reassurance" that toppling Morsi, who won the presidential election on 30 June 2012, after the 2011 revolution, was "legitimate".

She emphasised in particular that the military had installed only a transitional government.

Bassim, a career diplomat, took on the UN post a little over two months into Morsi's presidency.

- AP


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