US: Egypt Aid to Continue Despite Morsi Ouster

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The United States will not stop sending military aid to Egypt following the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi.

U.S. law requires non-humanitarian aid be cut off in the event of a military coup.

But the Obama administration is signaling it will continue to work with Egypt's interim government.

"It would not be in the best interests of the United States to immediately change our assistance program to Egypt," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Monday, after acknowledging there are "millions of Egyptians who have different views about what happened."

Some members of Congress want to withhold $1.5 billion in U.S. aid if a civilian government isn't restored soon.

Interim President Adli Mansour has already issued a timetable for new elections in early 2014.

Mansour's proposal calls for two panels to amend the constitution pushed through under Morsi's Islamist coalition. After the amendments are put to a referendum, parliamentary elections would be held within two months.

The new parliament would set a date for the presidential election a week after it convenes.

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