Egypt wants to 'reassure' world that Morsi's ouster helps democracy: diplomat
A supporter of ousted President Mohammed Morsi holds a poster of him during clashes in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 15, 2013. (AP / Khalil Hamra)
Published Monday, July 15, 2013 11:50AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, July 15, 2013 10:23PM EDT
GENEVA -- A top Egyptian diplomat says her nation is working hard to reassure the world that the military's removal of the country's first democratically elected president helps -- not hinders -- its transition to democracy.
Egypt's UN ambassador in Geneva, Wafaa Bassim, summoned reporters to spread the message that the "second revolution" on July 3 was justified by Mohamed Morsi's failure to listen to the people.
Bassim said Monday that "what we are trying to do is send a message of reassurance" that toppling Morsi, who won the presidential election on June 30, 2012, after the 2011 revolution, was "legitimate."
She emphasized in particular that the military had installed only a transitional government.
Bassim, a career diplomat, took on the UN post a little over two months into Morsi's presidency.