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Kerry Calls For End To 'State Of Emergency' In Egypt

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Following Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation Friday, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry hopes the military in Egypt will quickly lift the state of emergency there and set a date for presidential elections.

But Kerry, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says the Egyptian military must be be watched closely.

"Will they really move down a democratic road and allow the will of the people to be heard? That still hangs in the balance here," Kerry said.

Kerry also warned that going forward, the United States needs to take a limited role in the future of the country.

"I think there are a lot of folks around who can be enormously helpful," Kerry said. "And our role is to help coalesce that, and to try to create a road map, if you will, without, and this is very important, making it an overbearing kind of foreign presence and opening up any accusations of trying to hijack the thing."

Kerry praised the Egyptian people for having the courage to change their country without using violence.

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This program aired on February 11, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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