Kerry: Egyptians Need to Find Political, Economic Consensus

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CAIRO (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry says bickering Egyptian government and opposition leaders need to reach a political consensus to help their country emerge from an economic crisis.

Kerry arrived in Cairo today for meetings with business people, opposition figures and the foreign minister. Talks with President Mohammed Morsi are set for tomorrow. U.S. officials say Kerry is particularly concerned that Egypt takes the reforms necessary to qualify for a $4.5 billion IMF loan package.

Meanwhile, activists in two Egyptian cities continue to push civil disobedience campaigns aimed at bringing down President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. Protesters and opposition parties accuse Morsi and the Brotherhood of trying to monopolize power and of reneging on promises of political reform.

Today, activists are accusing the police of using excessive force, including running down a protester with an armored vehicle, crushing him to death.

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