USA 'encouraged' by Egypt election timeline

The Obama administration said it was "encouraged" by proposals from Egypt's interim government to restore a democratically elected civilian leadership. White House press secretary Jay Carney said:

It is in our national interest, the best interests of the United States and the best interests, in our view, of our goal of assisting the Egyptian people in their transition to democracy to take the time necessary to evaluate the situation before making such a determination.

We are cautiously encouraged by the announcement by the interim government that it has a potential plan for moving forward with a democratic process and elections, both parliamentary and presidential, and we think that's a good thing.

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US calls for Morsi's release

The US State Department has called on Egypt to release the deposed president Mohamed Morsi from detention.