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Dem lawmaker calls on U.S. to cut off aid to Egypt

“While initially it may have been prudent for the Obama
Administration to walk that rhetorical tight rope to keep the confidence of
regional leaders, that moment has surely passed,” Ackerman said in a statement.
“By their passion, courage and sacrifice in the streets, Egyptians have proven
beyond question that they are taking their government back and that the
Mubarak-era of rule is ending.

“President Mubarak has been a valuable partner for the
United States, but he has, by his own decisions and successive phony elections,
shorn his rule of any mandate or legitimacy beyond that provided by force and
arms. His last act of service to Egypt should be to facilitate a fast transfer
of power to a transitional government that can prepare for free and fair
elections.”

Ackerman said the U.S. should cut off its aid to Egypt
during the transition from Mubarak’s rule.

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