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France urges Egypt to hold elections with respect to law


08:41, July 05, 2013

PARIS, July 4 (Xinhua) -- French foreign ministry on Thursday called on Egypt to hold new elections within the framework of law after Egyptian military overthrew democratically-elected President Mohamed Morsi.

"We have taken note of the deteriorated situation and extreme tension in Egypt yesterday, as well as the announcement of new elections after a transition period," said Philippe Lalliot, French Foreign Ministry spokesman during a press briefing.

The spokesman noted that France expected Morsi to be treated with respect due to the position he had assumed.

He stressed that France is hoping the new elections to be prepared with due respect for law and order, pluralism, individual freedoms and the achievements of the democratic transition, "in order that the Egyptian people may freely choose their leaders and their future."

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius expressed the same wishes late Wednesday night.

Since June 30, Egyptian protesters had been massing up in the Egyptian capital of Cairo demanding the end of Morsi's rule.

On Wednesday, the Egyptian army stripped Morsi of his authority. Later in the same day, Egypt's generals put the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court in charge of the country for a transitional period and suspended the constitution under a military roadmap.

Morsi was elected to be the first civilian president on June 20, 2012.

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