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Pentagon concerned about Egypt's military's moves

Monday - 6/18/2012, 12:42pm  ET

By LOLITA C. BALDOR
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pentagon officials say they will continue to urge Egypt's military council to transfer power to the new, democratically elected government, and are hopeful it will happen.

Pentagon press secretary George Little says the Defense Department is deeply concerned about the move by Egypt's military to issue an interim constitution just as polls closed Sunday night that gives the generals sweeping authority to keep control of the government.

Little says Egyptian leaders are aware of U.S. worries. Egypt's ruling military council pledged Monday to hand over power to the new civilian authorities by the end of the month.

Navy Capt. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said there have been some changes in military activities with the U.S. as Egypt goes through this political transition, but "the core of the relationship remains."


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