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article imageObama Administration: What happened in Egypt was not a coup

By Paul Iddon     Jul 26, 2013 in Politics
The White House has said that the overthrow of the former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was not a coup and it will continue to provide Egypt with economic and military aid.
Daily Star Lebanon and The Times of Israel both carry a report which says that lawmakers were told by the administration that it will not go ahead in determining if the July 3 events in Egypt constituted a coup against a democratically-elected president. This will in turn enable them to legally continue providing the Egyptian government with $1.5 billion in annual aid.
Reuters wrote yesterday that the Obama administration had told Congress that it did not plan to determine or investigate whether or not a coup transpired in Egypt for precisely those aforementioned reasons.
U.S. law says aid to "any country whose duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup d'etat or decree" must instantly be halted.
However, seeming to address a loophole that will allow them to be willfully ignorant of whether or not a coup transpired on July 3 an anonymous Obama administration official was quoted as saying that, "The law does not require us to make a formal determination as to whether a coup took place, and it is not in our national interest to make such a determination."
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