Sen. Leahy: By Law, US Aid To Egypt Is Cut Off

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Responding to the ousting of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said in a statement that U.S. law is clear that foreign aid “is cut off when a democratically elected government is deposed by military coup or decree.”

“The Morsi government has been a great disappointment to the people of Egypt, and to all who wish Egypt a successful transition to responsive, representative government under the rule of law,” said Leahy, who is chairman of the Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations. “He squandered an historic opportunity, preferring to govern by fiat rather than work with other political parties to do what is best for all Egyptians.  Egypt’s military leaders say they have no intent or desire to govern, and I hope they make good on their promise.” 

“In the meantime, our law is clear: U.S. aid is cut off when a democratically elected government is deposed by military coup or decree.  As we work on the new budget, my committee also will review future aid to the Egyptian government as we wait for a clearer picture.  As the world’s oldest democracy, this is a time to reaffirm our commitment to the principle that transfers of power should be by the ballot, not by force of arms.”

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