Egypt's opposition calls for national salvation march on Tuesday

Egypt's opposition calls for national salvation march on Tuesday

Cairo : Egypt | Nov 21, 2011 at 11:35 AM PST
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The Egyptian police and army fought protesters demanding an end to army rule for a third day on Monday and morgue officials said the death toll had risen to at least 35 people dead and about 2,000 injured in the worst violence since the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak and his regime.

Thirty eight parties and political movements in Egypt have called on people to take to the streets on Tuesday for an action of protest called "national salvation" protest, which is scheduled to be launched from Tahrir Square in conjunction with other mass protests in other Egyptian cities.

The parties said in a statement that the goal of the mass protests is to emphasize the people's demands, which include the immediate removal of Essam Sharaf Government and forming a national salvation government with full powers to control the remainder of the transition period. This government will be transferred all the political powers by the military junta, in addition to setting a date for presidential elections no later than April 2012

Meanwhile, Egyptian activists called through Facebook and Twitter to hold a mass demonstration on Tuesday in order to overthrow the ruling junta and the appointment of a civilian presidential council.

The Prime Minister held a morning meeting with his ministers to discuss the repercussions of the events in Tahrir Square and other provinces.

Furthermore,General Saeed Abbas said that Egypt military council has allowed peaceful protests on Cairo’s central Tahrir square but has warned against attempts to attack the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Interior as he also denied information about a violent crackdown on the opposition saying that it’s just self-defense as protesters attack policemen.


Egypt's cabinet stepped down on Monday citing "difficult circumstances in the country," following the third day of deadly clashes between security and protesters calling on the ruling military council to cede power to a civilian government.Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) initially rejected the resignation of Prime Minister Essam Sharaf until a suitable replacement prime minister has been named, according to a statement read on the official MENA news agency. "The government will continue working" until the resignation is accepted, cabinet spokesman Mohammed Hegazy said.

The political development comes amid country-wide protests that have left at least 35 people dead and more than 2000 wounded, according to the health ministry.

On Monday, the epicenter of demonstrations remained in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Egypt's interim government said parliamentary polls are still set for next week.

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Egypt's opposition calls for national salvation march on Tuesday
Protesters running from tear gas fired by riot police in a side street near Tahrir Square in Cairo November 21, 2011. Reuters
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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