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Political stalemate in Egypt

Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 01:18

Aug. 7 - Egypt's political crisis entered a tense new phase on Wednesday after international mediation efforts collapsed. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Egypt's political crisis enters a tense new phase Wednesday after international mediation efforts collapse. Supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi say they have no plans to end their protests. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNNAMED MURSI SUPPORTER SAYING: "Our message to the Prime Minister -- who has no legitimacy -- is that we the Egyptian people will stay in all the public squares in Egypt until the elected President Mohamed Mursi returns. His warnings and threats do not frighten us. This is a peaceful protest, we have no weapons, and we are not kidnapping anyone. We have the right to protest peacefully in order to demand the return of legitimacy." Acting President Adli Mansour took to the airwaves. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPT'S INTERIM PRESIDENT, ADLI MANSOUR, SAYING: "My fellow citizens, there are some who believe they can stop your historical movement, stop the wheel of time, or believe they are able to challenge your will for a promising and deserving future. This will not happen." Many Egyptians are preparing for Eid, which marks the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. It's an inauspicious time for any act of violence -- but both sides are calling their supporters to take to the streets Thursday.

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Political stalemate in Egypt

Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 01:18