Kerry calls for Egyptian leaders to pursue reform

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US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday responded to Egyptian voters approving a new draft constitution, saying, "it's not one vote that determines a democracy, it's all the steps that follow", dpa reported.

"As Egypt's transition proceeds, the United States urges the interim Egyptian government to fully implement those rights and freedoms that are guaranteed in the new constitution for the benefit of the Egyptian people," Kerry said in a statement.

"The brave Egyptians who stood vigil in Tahrir Square did not risk their lives in a revolution to see its historic potential squandered in the transition," he added.

"Democracy is more than any one referendum or election. It is about equal rights and protections under the law for all Egyptians, regardless of their gender, faith, ethnicity, or political affiliation."

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