Egyptian protestors continue rally for reforms (2)

14:00, July 23, 2011      

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Protesters perform Friday prayers at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, July 22, 2011. (Xinhua Photo)

The number of protestors on Friday was much less than the previous days partly due to the scorching summer heat.

On Friday, small groups of protestors also rallied in Alexandria and Suez. In Suez, security troops thwarted on Friday an attempt by a group of unidentified men to storm the headquarters of the National Security Agency, official MENA news agency said. The group hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at the building adjacent to the compound of courts and police department. Four people were arrested while the rest are still on the run.

Many cities in the country has witnessed a sharp increase of crimes after collapse of Mubarak's regime.

"They only focused on changing the cabinet while turning a blind eye to the insecurity and thugs at streets. If the military believes that the ministry of interior doesn't help restore security, it should redeploy its soldiers to protect the people," said a protestor in Cairo.

Egypt's new ministers took the oath of office on Thursday in front of Hussein Tantawi, head of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

Tantawi asked the new cabinet to do its best to regain security and stability in Egyptian streets and confront any attempts aimed at harming the national interest.

He urged the government to work on setting an appropriate stage for elections and establishing a new constitution to fulfill the demands and goals of the revolution.

In a televised speech late on Thursday, Prime Minister Essam Sharaf said that "our first objective is to achieve the revolution 's goals and preserve its gains."

He also stressed the government will make it a top priority to improve security situation.

The prime minister also pledged to guarantee the minimum wages, maintain justice in the trials, achieve democratic transition and pave the way for integral and free elections. These have been among the major demands of protestors.

According to the newly-issued parliamentary laws, preparations will start in September and the polls will follow within 30 days. The People's Assembly and the Shura Council's vote will take place at the same time. However the law draws harsh criticism from a number of political parties.

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