Kerry: US wants Egypt to succeed as a democracy

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is asking Egypt's interim government to address recent "disturbing" developments in the country's judicial system and prove its commitment to democracy.

Meeting with the Egyptian foreign minister on Tuesday at the State Department, Kerry said the U.S. wants Egypt to succeed as a democracy and that its new constitution is a positive step. But, he said recent mass death sentences handed down to supporters of the country's deposed president present "challenges" that must be dealt with.

Kerry's comments come a day after an Egyptian judge sentenced more than 680 people to death. The sentences stemmed from last year's post-coup violence in a mass trial that was denounced in the West and by human rights groups.

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