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Egypt: Food Stocks Dwindle As US State Department Finally Admits Brotherhood Rule Was ‘Undemocratic’


The black horse trots …

By Yasmine Saleh and Sarah McFarlane, Reuters – “Egypt’s interim rulers welcomed on Thursday remarks from the U.S. State Department describing the rule of toppled leader Mohamed Mursi as undemocratic, read in Cairo as a signal that Washington will not cut off its $1.5 billion in annual aid.

In a stark illustration of the desperate state of Egypt’s economy, a former minister from Mursi’s ousted government said Egypt had less than two months’ supply left of imported wheat, revealing a far worse shortage than previously disclosed.

The army’s removal of Egypt’s first freely elected leader last week, after millions took to the streets to protest against him, has left the Arab world’s most populous country polarized by divisions unseen in its modern history.

Violence between supporters of Mursi and soldiers at a military compound this week has deepened the fissures.

Washington has been treading a careful line. U.S. law bars aid to countries where a democratic government is removed in a coup. So far Washington has said it is too early to say whether the Egyptian events meet that description.

Nevertheless, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Wednesday Mursi’s government ‘wasn’t a democratic rule’.

‘What I mean is what we’ve been referencing about the 22 million people who have been out there voicing their views and making clear that democracy is not just about simply winning the vote at the ballot box.’

The new U.S. remarks were warmly received by the interim government and swiftly denounced by Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said the comments reflected ‘understanding and realization about the political developments that Egypt is witnessing in recent days, as embodying the will of the millions of Egyptians who took to the streets’.

Brotherhood spokesman Gehad Haddad said the remarks showed American hypocrisy: ‘There is no way the Egyptian army would have gone through with this coup if it would not have been sanctioned by the U.S.’ …

Two and a half years of political turmoil has left Egypt on the brink of economic collapse, scaring away tourists and investors, shriveling hard currency reserves and threatening its ability to import food and fuel for its 84 million people.

Speaking to Reuters in a tent at a vigil by thousands of Mursi supporters, the ousted president’s supply minister, Bassem Ouda, revealed that government stocks held just 500,000 tonnes of imported wheat.

Egypt, the world’s biggest buyer, usually imports about 10 million tonnes of wheat a year, half of which is given out by the state in the form of subsidized bread sold for less than 1 U.S. cent a loaf.

The imported wheat stock figure, previously a closely guarded secret, means Egypt will need to urgently start spending a $12 billion financial aid lifeline it has been given in the past two days by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, rich Gulf states that welcomed Mursi’s downfall.

Egypt had not bought any imported wheat since February, its longest absence from the market in years, until the eve of Mursi’s downfall when it bought 180,000 tonnes.

State grain buying agency GASC said on Thursday it was unlikely to buy any more soon due to the increase in prices and availability of stocks in Egypt.” Read more.

  1. Bonnie
    07/11/2013 at 7:52 PM

    We have so many hungry people here…They will take that aide and eventually use it against the U S.

    Sent from my LG Mobile

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    • 07/12/2013 at 6:24 AM

      Obama gave away our wheat reserves, 500 metric tons to Egypt, and the remainder to Jordan. He intended to feed the Muslims, and to purposefully starve americans. This gives new meaning to treason, i.e., “giving aid and comfort to the enemy.”

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      • 07/16/2013 at 12:42 AM

        I agree…..it is like some people are believing a delusion…..blinded.

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