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Egyptian army served popular will, says Church spokesman

Catholic World News - July 04, 2013

The ouster of President Mohamed Morsi by the Egyptian military was not a coup, but an intervention to protect the legitimacy of government, according to a spokesman for the Catholic Church in Egypt.

Father Rafic Greiche told the AsiaNews service: “The army chose to protect a peaceful revolution led by young Egyptians and followed by millions of people all over the country.” He pointed out that the army did not install a military government, but appointed an interim leader from the judiciary. The army itself is “non-political,” he insisted, and is committed to organizing a peaceful transition.

Criticizing Western media coverage of the events in Egypt, Father Greiche said that the army was not acting unilaterally but protecting the wishes of the overall populace. He expressed his hope that all interested parties would be actively involved in talks to establish a new government.

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