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Failing to meet public demands led to Morsi downfall: Iran MP

Egyptian army vehicles block Salah Salem Street in Nasr City District of Cairo, where supporters of President Mohamed Morsi gather for a demonstration, July 3, 2013.

A senior Iranian lawmaker says the ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s failure to meet public demands was the main reason for his downfall.

Member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Esmail Kowsari said Saturday that Morsi’s wrong and ill-timed decision-making in some of the issues led to his removal from office.

“People, who were supporting Morsi, wanted him to sever relations with the United States and Zionist regime [of Israel], but he pursued a different path,” the lawmaker added.

On Wednesday, Egypt’s army chief ousted Morsi, who took office in June 2012, and dissolved the country’s constitution after millions of people protested his leadership.

General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said that new parliamentary elections would be held, and declared head of Supreme Constitutional Court Adli Mansour as the caretaker leader. Mansour has dissolved the parliament and appointed the new head of the general intelligence.

Morsi is reportedly being held “preventively” by the military. Senior army officials say he might face formal charges over accusations made by his opponents. Several arrest warrants have been issued for members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood party.

Egypt remains the scene of intensifying political tension following the ouster of former president, Mohamed Morsi, whose supporters have taken to the streets nationwide to demand his reinstatement.

Thirty people were killed and over 300 injured across Egypt on Friday in clashes between opponents and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and in clashes between pro-Morsi protesters and security forces, according to Egyptian Health Ministry officials.

By Press TV


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