Egyptian ruling party says ready to open dialogue with youth

16:38, January 28, 2011      

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Safwat el-Sherif, Secretary General of Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) affirmed that the party is following the government's plan to handle crisis in a press conference on Thursday.

Safwat el-Sherif added that the ruling party respects youth commitment to peaceful demonstration, rejecting any act to threaten the national security. "Egypt is a country which always faces those who try to destabilize its national unity and security," said El-Sherif.

He further said that Egypt is fully aware of the elements that try to destroy the freedom and democracy in Egypt with igniting anarchy and spreading rumors.

The secretary general of NDP added that the party is confident to start dialogue with the youth. However, he added democracy has its regulations and that the minority cannot force its own will on the majority.

"Dialogue should always be within a peaceful way and the framework of legitimacy as the case in civilized countries," he added.

El-Sherif's press conference came as a response to the protests that hit Egypt for three days.

Thousands of Egyptian protesters participate in an unprecedented anti-government demonstration against corruption, poverty and unemployment, calling an end of the ruling of President Hosni Mubarak.

The three-day protests led to at least 1,000 protestors in custody, with hundreds freed by the general prosecutors.

Until now at least seven people have died in the nationwide protests including one policeman, and President Mubarak has not made any public comments on the ongoing events in Egypt.

Source: Xinhua
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