Cairo - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood on Friday dismissed
comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry accusing them of stealing the
revolution, saying Washington backed the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed
Unrest has spiked in Egypt since the military overthrew
Morsi in July following popular protests against his one-year rule and
accusations that he concentrated too much power in the hands of the
Kerry had defended the army's action and Washington said
Morsi had failed to live up to calls for an inclusive, transparent government
based on democratic principles.
Morsi was Egypt's first freely elected president taking over
from the military junta which replaced veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak after he
was ousted by massive protests in 2011.
But on Wednesday Kerry delivered his harshest assessment to
date of Morsi and his Islamist backers saying the revolt "got stolen by
the one single-most organised entity in the state, which was the
The group's secretary general Mahmoud Hussein hit back
saying the Brotherhood won parliamentary and presidential elections after
Mubarak's ouster through "transparent" polls organised by the
military which was ruling the country at the time and observed by former US
president Jimmy Carter.
Hussein charged that the US administration "backed and
participated in the coup" that toppled Morsi.
The United States "which promotes democracy and
freedoms at home is the biggest supporter of dictatorship and repression",
Since Morsi's ouster, Egypt's military-installed interim
government has cracked down on the Brotherhood with hundreds behind bars and
top leaders, including Morsi, put on trial on charges of inciting deadly violence.
The clampdown came after hundreds were killed in clashes
that erupted when security forces dispersed two pro-Morsi protest camps in
Cairo in August.