The bloodshed in Egypt has killed almost 500 as protests against the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi continues to plague the country.
Reports say unrest engulfed the African country since the start of demonstrations when the former president’s supporters marched the street to protest the Egyptian army’s actions to overthrow the country’s duly elected president from power and installed a provisional government in July.
The staging of public demonstrations have turned violent and the Egyptian security forces have cracked down on them, killing hundreds of demonstrators.
US makes pleas for restraint
In his remarks in Washington DC, US Secretary of State John Kerry condemns the violence and bloodshed across Egypt.
He says the surge of violence is a blow to reconciliation and the Egyptian’s people’s hopes for a transition towards democracy and inclusion.
“We and others have urged the government to respect the rights of free assembly and of free expression.” – Secretary Kerry
The international community have also urged all parties to resolve this impasse peacefully, he added.
However, Secretary Kerry says the violence in Egypt is deplorable and it runs counter to Egyptian aspirations for peace, inclusion, and genuine democracy.
He calls for the Egyptians inside and outside of the government need to take a step back.
“They need to calm the situation and avoid further loss of life.” – Secretary Kerry
US opposes the state of emergency law
Secretary Kerry says the US also strongly opposes a return to a state of emergency law and call on the government to respect basic human rights including freedom of peaceful assembly and due process under the law.
And the US believes that the state of emergency should end as soon as possible.
Secretary Kerry says violence is simply not a solution in Egypt or anywhere else.
He says violence will not create a roadmap for Egypt’s future and violence only impedes the transition to an inclusive civilian government.
In addition, violence and continued political polarization will only further tear the Egyptian economy apart and prevent it from growing and providing the jobs and the future that the people of Egypt want so badly.
“The United States strongly supports the Egyptian people’s hope for a prompt and sustainable transition to an inclusive, tolerant, civilian-led democracy.” – Secretary Kerry
Secretary Kerry highlighted that the path towards violence leads only to greater instability, economic disaster, and suffering. The adds that the only sustainable path for either side is one towards a political solution.
The promise of the 2011 revolution has simply never been fully realized, and the final outcome of that revolution is not yet decided, he emphasized.
It will be shaped in the hours ahead, in the days ahead and will be shaped by the decisions which all of Egypt’s political leaders make now and in these days ahead.
“The world is closely watching Egypt and is deeply concerned about the events that we have witnessed today.” – Secretary Kerry
He pledges that the United States also remains at the ready to work with all of the parties and with our partners and with others around the world in order to help achieve a peaceful, democratic way forward.
Looking back of Morsi’s election
In June 2012, Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, was declared the new president of Egypt.
Egypt’s Higher Presidential Elections Commission announced the results of the 16-17 June run-off poll earlier Sunday. The run-off reportedly declared Mohamed Morsi garnered a majority of the votes against ex-prime minister Ahmed Shafiq.
Mr. Morsi defeated Mr. Shafiq by more than almost 900,000 votes, with 51.7 per cent of the vote, compared to 48 per cent for Mr. Shafiq.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon welcomed the conclusion of Egypt’s presidential election process following the release of official results
Mr. Ban commended the Egyptian people for the peaceful atmosphere in which these elections were held.
Mr. Ban congratulated Dr. Mohamed Morsi on his election and said he trusted the President-elect to spare no effort in ensuring the people of Egypt realize their aspirations for greater democracy, the promotion of human rights, and a more prosperous and stable Egypt for all of its citizens.
The elections were the first presidential election since the toppling of the long-standing regime of Hosni Mubarak amid popular protests in January 2011, and widely seen as a key element of the country’s transition to greater democracy.
In May 2012, with the hope of regaining the country’s stability after the revolution, Egyptians headed to the polls to cast their ballots in the country’s first free vote for a leader in 5,000 years of history.
Around 50 million eligible Egyptian voters were called to choose 13 candidates.
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said at the time that the United States was looking forward to working with Egypt’s democratically elected government as the Egyptian people concluded a historic two days of voting in the first round of their presidential election, marking another important milestone in their transition to democracy.
Ms. Clinton said the United States will continue to stand with the Egyptian people as they work to seize the promise of last year’s uprising and build a democracy that reflects their values and traditions, respects universal human rights, and meets their aspirations for dignity and a better life.
In February 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the United States stood ready to provide assistance to Egypt to advance its efforts. Secretary Clinton announced $150 million budget to assist Egypt in its economic recovery after the turmoil.
Earlier this year, President Obama also proposed a $1 billion cancellation of Egyptian debt to support Egypt’s economic recovery.
Egypt has made progress on human rights since the revolution that toppled the regime of Hosni Mubarak.
Long-standing regimes were toppled by a wave of pro-democracy protests that have engulfed much of North Africa and the Middle East in 2011, particularly in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.