Senator Leahy: Egypt’s Rulers Are Throwing The Transition Into Question

WASHINGTON (FRIDAY, June 15) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is the author of the new conditions on U.S. military aid to Egypt.  Secretary Clinton earlier this year invoked the Leahy law’s waiver authority to allow military aid to resume, but contract-by-contract decisions are ongoing.  Leahy chairs the budget committee for the State Department and foreign aid and operations – the Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations.  On Friday he commented on the new developments in Egypt:


“The recent decision by the Egyptian court obviously throws into question the future of the transition.  Parliament has been dissolved and the military has reaffirmed martial law and has assumed whatever authority the parliament had.  There also is the question of whether the victor of the presidential runoff will be allowed to actually assume the authority of the office.  I am closely following developments in Egypt.  I have made clear to the State Department that, despite the earlier waiver of the conditions I authored, I would not want to see the U.S. government write checks for contracts with Egypt’s military under the present uncertain circumstances.”

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