An election is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for democracy. That's the lesson from the continuing upheaval in Egypt.
Last year, Mohamed Morsi became Egypt's first freely elected president. Mr Morsi won with 51.7% of the vote, slightly more than the 51.1% that Barack Obama won in 2012. Mr Morsi was the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist organisation that had been banned and persecuted in Egypt for 60 years.
Mr Morsi's overthrow last week put the United States on the spot. Could Washington support the removal of a democratically elected government, even one we did not like?
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