Top U.S. lawmaker says Mursi was an obstacle to democracy

U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee encourages Egypt's military and political parties to work together towards a better future for the country. (File photo: AFP)

Ousted Egyptian president Mohammad Mursi was an "obstacle to the constitutional democracy most Egyptians wanted,” U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said in a statement.

The Egyptian military ousted the Islamist president who refused to resign following one year in power and insisted on his legitimacy as an elected civilian president.

The statement added Royce encourages the military and political parties to work together “in the peaceful establishment of democratic institutions and new elections that lead to an Egypt where minority rights are protected.”

“I am hopeful that his departure will reopen the path to a better future for Egypt.”

However, Royce said Egypt is in for very difficult days.

 

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