Turkey’s AK Party urges Morsi backers to defend votes

Turkey’s AK Party urges Morsi backers to defend votes

AK Party spokesman and Deputy Chairman Hüseyin Çelik speaks at a press conference in Ankara. (Photo: Cihan, Emrah Karakütük)

July 04, 2013, Thursday/ 10:46:00/ TODAYSZAMAN.COM

A senior official from Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has denounced the ousting of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi by the military on Wednesday, calling on supporters of Morsi to defend their votes.

“I curse the dirty coup in Egypt. I hope the broad masses who brought Morsi to power will defend their votes, which mean democratic honor,” AK Party spokesman and Deputy Chairman Hüseyin Çelik said in his Twitter feed on Wednesday night.

Noting that Morsi won the elections with his own efforts, Çelik said democracy had “won” in last year's elections in Egypt with Morsi.

“We do not know for now whether Morsi will resist the military and whether clashes will erupt if he does. But we have to applaud Morsi's unyielding stance in the face of the military's ultimatum two days ago. Blood will be shed if Morsi supporters clash with the military and anti-Morsi groups. We would not approve of that. Yet we do not say Morsi and his supporters should just swallow this coup,” Çelik added.

The Egyptian military on Wednesday overthrew the country's first democratically elected president, suspended the constitution, called for new elections and announced it would install a temporary civilian government. The country's chief justice was to be sworn in as interim president later on Thursday.

Commenting on the coup, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's aide, İbrahim Kalın, said “There is no justification for any military coup.” “Tonight, pro- or anti-Morsi, everybody has lost in Egypt,” he wrote on Twitter.

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