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Egyptians pelt Clinton with tomatoes

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Protesters threw tomatoes and shoes at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s motorcade on Sunday during her first visit to Egypt since the election of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

A tomato struck an Egyptian official in the face, and shoes and a water bottle landed near the armored cars carrying Clinton’s delegation in the port city of Alexandria.

A senior state department official said that neither Clinton nor her vehicle, which were around the corner from the incident, were struck by any of the projectiles.

Protesters outside Clinton’s hotel on Saturday night chanted anti-Islamist slogans, accusing the United States of backing the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power. However, it was not clear who the protesters were or what political affiliations they had, Reuters reported.

«I want to be clear that the United States is not in the business, in Egypt, of choosing winners and losers, even if we could, which of course we cannot,» Clinton later said during her speech at the newly re-opened U.S. consulate in Alexandria.

As reported, Egypt’s new president Mohammed Morsi has ordered parliament to reconvene, reports. Leaving nearly no powers to the future president, generals dissolved the parliament last month based on a ruling from the Supreme Court.

The result has been acute political uncertainty as the various power centers try to find a way to get along in a country that still has no permanent constitution, parliament or government more than a year after Mubarak’s downfall.

Ties with the United States, which provides Egypt with an annual $1.3 billion in military aid, were strained this year when Egyptian judicial police raided the offices of several U.S.-backed non-governmental organizations on suspicion of illegal foreign funding and put several Americans on trial.

During her speech, Clinton said: «Real democracy means that no group or faction or leader can impose their will, their ideology, their religion, their desires on anyone else.»

«She wanted, in very, very clear terms, particularly with the Christian group this morning, to dispel that notion and to make clear that only Egyptians can choose their leaders, that we have not supported any candidate, any party, and we will not,» a senior U.S. official told reporters.

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