Sunday, February 6, 2011

Egypt's MB, VP begin landmark talks

Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman
Egypt's main opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, has started landmark talks with Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman amid the mass protests across the crisis-hit country.

According to the group's website, the senior officials of Muslim Brotherhood began the historic talks on the 13th day of anti-government protests, demanding an immediate elimination of Emergency Law and guarantees for peaceful protests.

"We are starting a round of talks to know how serious they are about responding to the demands of the people," Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gamal Abul Nasser said.

The group's officials say they would drop out if demands expressed by the protesters during the last two weeks are not met.

The Muslim Brotherhood calls for equal opportunities to all political parties in the media and the halting of the State TV's efforts to distort facts.

The opposition group also calls the formation of a national coalition transitional government.

The government has pledged to hold talks with all opposition parties to discuss democratic reforms that would lead to the replacement of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

The Muslim Brotherhood is officially banned in Egypt. The group, however, enjoys wide popular support.

Meanwhile, much larger crowds of Egyptian protesters have been entering Cairo's Liberation Square on Sunday morning as the government is trying to back everything to normal.

A Press TV correspondent reported on Sunday that the Egyptian army have tightened security around the square in the Egyptian capital and prevent food from reaching protesters in the square as the massive countrywide demonstrations entered their thirteenth day, which was dubbed “Day of Martyrs.”

On Saturday, Egyptian state television announced that Mubarak has resigned as chairman of the ruling National Democratic Party.

Senior members of Mubarak's party also resigned on the same day, but demonstrators staging a 13th day of revolution rejected the shuffle as a cosmetic move.

Beleaguered Mubarak also reportedly held talks with key cabinet members to try to kick-start Egypt's economy, which has been hit hard by the ongoing protests in the North African country.

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