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Divisive, pro-Israeli policies led to Morsi ouster: Iran cleric

mursi2A senior Iranian cleric says the pro-Zionist policies adopted by the government of the ousted Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, led to his downfall.

Tehran Interim Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami criticized the Morsi administration for spoiling the results of Egyptians’ enthusiastic participation in various elections following the 2011 revolution in the country.

“Egypt is the birthplace of Islamic wakening … but unfortunately those who came out of this Islamic Awakening acted so badly that a coup was staged once again and the coup leaders took power,” Ayatollah Khatami stated.

“Instead of calling for solidarity in the Muslim world, they backed Takfiri murderers and even in the political arena, they treated Israel in such a way that contradicted their past slogans. They approved of the Camp David Accord and tried to promote Iranophobia and Shia-phobia,” he explained.

The cleric further called on the Egyptians not to allow their country to become Israel’s “backyard,” as it was under the former dictator, Hosni Mubarak.

After days of massive anti-government protests in Egypt, Egyptian Army Chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced on July 2 that Morsi was no longer president.

In his late night speech on the state television, Sisi declared Head of Supreme Constitutional Court Adly Mansour as the interim president, suspended the country’s constitution and announced early parliamentary elections.

Following the speech by Sisi, police began arresting key presidential aides and the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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