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John Kerry presses Egypt on steps to democracy

Visit to divided nation comes on eve of trial of deposed leader Mohammed Morsi

CAIRO — In the highest-level visit here by a US official since the Egyptian military removed the country’s first democratically elected president from power, Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Egyptian leaders Sunday to stick to their “road map” for restoring democracy.

In substance as well as tone, Kerry’s visit to Egypt reflected the Obama administration’s determination to work with a military leadership that ruthlessly put down protesters from the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement that put forth the successful candidacy of President Mohammed Morsi, who was ousted July 3. A military government, now firmly entrenched here, has promised to establish a civilian-led government.

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