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Egypt’s FM: Presidential elections within seven months

July 9th, 2013
04:35 PM ET

Programming note: On Wednesday's Amanpour program at 3p EST/2100 CET, Christiane will follow up with an interview with a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood. 

For the first time since President Morsy was forced from office, an Egyptian government official has spoken to international media.

Mohamed Kamel Amr resigned as Morsy’s foreign minister during the massive protests against Morsy, but has agreed to stay on as caretaker foreign minister.

Amr spoke with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday about his new task of navigating the minefield of Egypt’s post-Morsy relationship with the United States and other nations. 

Amr would not say where Morsy is being held – admitting that he is not exactly sure of the location.

“[Morsy] is not free to go around, but he is treated very well,” Amr told Amanpour. He said that Morsy is also being held for “his own safety.”

Egypt’s new government will not end up as a group of just secularist liberals and technocrats pitted against the country’s Islamists, Amr promised.

“I myself want to end up with a government which represents every shade of the society,” Amr said. “This is Egypt and it has to be reflected in any real government.”

Amr said the United States is encouraging Egypt to move on with an inclusive political process and best that it be done as quickly as possible.

Amr said that there is a timetable of a maximum of seven months to carry out the next presidential election.


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  1. chiedu uche okoye

    May this second revolution produce leaders that will be acceptable to the generality of Egptians

    July 9, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  2. Ibrahim George

    That is good news
    Egypt is free from an Islamic Dictator.

    July 9, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  3. Aiman | Aymn Elhaddad

    No good news in a military coup that over through an elected president and kidnape him in unknown place even to big officials. 52 protestors are killed in 30 min.

    July 9, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Reply
    • Egyption

      any one will attack a military point and kill officer and 6 soldier get wounded in any country, I don't think the response will be lesser than that .. MB are holing weapons and bombs and in everyday news police arrest members from MB holding bombs and weapons.. If US interested in Morsy .. it's simple they can send him One Way Air ticket and please for all his group since most of them don't need visa and have US passport.. but don't complaint later ..

      July 13, 2013 at 4:17 am | Reply
  4. George

    MB is like Nazi Germany.

    Imagine if the German people overthrow Hitler in 1934. Are we going to call that a coup!
    MB put a killer as a governor of Luxor. He was one of the killers in 1997 of tourists in Luxor.
    MB is similar to Nazi. The sooner we get rid of them the better.

    July 10, 2013 at 2:21 am | Reply
  5. rie matsumoto

    Hello,watch program.
    EGYPT:収集つかない?弱気,言ってられない.前進のみ. 外省,意見は,理解します.リーダーは,力強く,正しい方向に,国を 引っ張る事.ムスリム同胞団,協力して下さい.
    GUANTANAMO:食事方法,拷問だ.
    .
    Have a nice day all
    rie matsumoto.

    July 10, 2013 at 6:44 am | Reply
  6. Mahmoud

    Let me point out to Ms Amanpour that, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy assumed office with a pledge to press the United States for Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman’s release. And that Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman orchestrated the first bombing of the World Trade Center, in 1993 and who is now imprisonment in high-security detention centers in the United States. Also I wish to open the eyes of Ms Amanpour that last October, al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri released a video in which he called on Egyptians to kidnap Americans to exchange for the blind sheik, furthermore, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, as Mr Morsy, the leader of a jihadist brigade that attacked American and European oil workers last January at a natural gas facility in Algeria, placed Abdel Rahman’s liberty on his list of political!!!!! You may also see a huge images of Abdel Rahman among the Egyptian supporters of Mr Morsy’s return, now in Cairo.
    In fact, Egypt and Egyptians are in undeclared war with International Terrorism, since Morsy came to power last year, Egyptian military and security personnel are systematically attacked and killed in Sinai by terrorist groups that are linked and backed by the Muslim brotherhood and other terrorist groups.

    July 11, 2013 at 4:30 am | Reply
  7. Elwi Idrees

    Anti-Mursi groups are formed mainly from corrupted old regime individuals, corrupted businessmen, army leaders who are losing their benefits, drug dealers, liberals and copts.

    July 11, 2013 at 7:42 am | Reply
  8. egyptlover

    Obama announce today that new Egyptian government should release the killer Morsi

    and i ask the American people why does the USA government and all the American media support that terrorist (muslimbrotherhood support AL Qaeda and raise the spirit of Osama ben laden and some media said that Morsi is one of the accused of Terrorist operation that killed the U.S. ambassador in Libya

    Saying to Obama you would not stand against freedom of the Egyptian people
    God bless American people

    God bless Egypt

    July 12, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  9. Egyption

    Morsy was an official president supporting Terrorism officially in public. Yes, Obama has benefited from such a regime why not ?? Is not America who brought Taliban to rule Afghanistan? then they destroyed later!!

    As we see today Terrorists are attacking Egyptians in the streets , police stations and military border points using bombs and high tech weapons. from where did they get? Morsy was preparing his group for civil war>>

    That Dictator doesn't worth the name of ex president for Egypt .. but ex mistake in our History.. there is a trial waiting him as he escaped from his prison by Hamas And Hezb allah help in a terrorism operation in 2011.

    July 13, 2013 at 4:10 am | Reply
  10. FreeEgypt

    no way for true free election in Egypt any more there is a us Vito for democratic egypt my greeting the free world and the Americas values and way of life

    July 13, 2013 at 7:32 am | Reply
  11. egyptian

    We began operations Egyptian People's Army against Sisi militias and troops loyal to the Sese The SPLA has quality of operations against Sisi militias resulted shot down two planes and warships destroyed two tanks and four Cart tracked and killed 40 soldiers and wounded 60 others ..Warning to Sisi militias if they continue to kill women and children and detained citizens will continue operations until the People's Army purge Sinai of Sisi and his militia

    July 13, 2013 at 11:27 am | Reply
  12. egyptian

    Please democratic countries to help the Egyptian people against Sisi militias that are killing women and children and detained citizens and burning of houses please send weapons and equipment to resist militias Sisi in Sinai as soon as possible

    July 13, 2013 at 11:32 am | Reply
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