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March 20, 2012 12:35 pm

U.S. to Renew Aid to Egypt Despite Uncertainty Over Democracy

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The Obama administration will resume its military aid to Egypt, U.S. generals have announced, signaling a desire on the part of the U.S. government to remain involved in the country despite the growth of Islamist, anti-Democratic groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood.

Furthermore, in order to renew aid to Egypt, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to wave a requirement that links American aid to the condition that nations receiving the aid protect basic human freedoms, according to reports.

About $1.3 billion in military aid will go to Egypt once Clinton waves the requirement.

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the head of the appropriations subcommittee that oversees the State Department’s budget, opposes the waiver.

“If the law is waived, I hope this flexibility will be used to release no more taxpayer funds from the Treasury than is demonstrably necessary, withholding the rest pending further progress in the transition to democracy,” Leahy said, according to Business Week.

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