Mursi ouster poses headache for US
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The military toppling of Egypt's Mohamed Mursi could have huge implications for key ties with the United States (US), which had an uneasy relationship with his Islamist-led government during its year-long rule.
Analysts and lawmakers have for months sharply criticised the tepid US response to Mr Mursi's failure to usher in a more inclusive government to meet the demands of the hundreds of thousands of Egyptians who have taken to the streets.
"In what has to be one of the most stunning diplomatic failures in recent memory, the United States is - in both perception and reality - entrenched as the partner of a repressive, Islamist regime and the enemy of the secular, pro-democracy opposition," wrote Republican senator Ted Cruz in Foreign Policy magazine on Wednesday.
Time and again in recent months, Washington has failed to articulate a strong response to controversial moves by Mr Mursi to consolidate power and his reluctance to introduce much-needed economic reforms, content to observe that democracy takes time.