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Egypt 2/6/11…Talks held between Govmt and Opposition…Mubarak will not leave……Banks reopen…People are tired…

From BBC……

The BBC’s Jim Muir: “Protesters blocked the army from advancing into Tahrir Square and spent the night sleeping under the tracks of tanks”

Egypt’s opposition groups say government proposals on how to end the political crisis are not enough.

The Muslim Brotherhood and other groups took part in landmark talks with the government after 13 days of street protests which have called for President Hosni Mubarak to resign.

The government has proposed a review body to amend the constitution.

The opposition says the talks are only a first step and the government’s offer is insufficient.

The Brotherhood – which is officially banned – said it would continue to participate in the talks but warned that protests would continue.

“Our demands are still the same,” senior Brotherhood figure Essam el-Erian told reporters in Cairo. “They didn’t respond to most of our demands. They only responded to some of our demands, but in a superficial way.”

President Mubarak has refused to resign immediately, saying that to do so would cause chaos and has said instead that he will not stand for re-election in September.

In all, six groups were represented at the talks hosted by Vice-President Omar Suleiman, including a coalition of youth organisations.

Leading opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei said he was not invited to the talks, describing the process as “opaque”.

“Nobody knows who is talking to whom at this stage,” he told NBC’s Meet the Press.

However, a representative of his National Association for Change met Vice-President Suleiman separately.

Mr ElBaradei, a Nobel peace laureate, said there was still a “huge lack of confidence”.

He has proposed a one-year transition period to build democracy before elections take place. He has also said President Mubarak should not have to leave the country when he stands down.

Meanwhile, many banks opened for the first time in a week, drawing long queues as people waited to withdraw money…….

State of emergency Continue reading the main story….

From Politicaldog101.com….



February 6, 2011 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Military, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , , ,

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