Egypt's Al-Azhar spokesman resigns to join protestors

10:28, February 05, 2011      

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The official spokesman of Egypt's Al- Azhar, the most influential Islamic institution in the world, Mohammed Refah ElTahtawy resigned to support the thousands of protesters in Tahrir square demanding immediate resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, reported local media.

According to the reports, the former Al-Azhar spokesman called for immediate investigation into the clashes that killed several and injured hundreds in the past two days, pledging not to leave the square until Mubarak steps down.

He also called for establishing a democratic country where people can choose a real leader, adding that the protestors couldn 't leave under "false promises" from the government, the report said.

At least eight people were killed and hundreds injured in clashes between pro-and anti-government protesters in the Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo late Wednesday.

In an interview on Wednesday, the grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed el-Tayeb called on Egyptian people to avoid violence and bloodshed, urging dialogues between representatives of the demonstrators and government.

Source: Xinhua
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