Egypt's PM calls protesters to end anti-Mubarak rally

10:29, February 05, 2011      

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Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq called on protesters gathering in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo to end 11 days of demonstrations to force President Hosni Mubarak to immediately end his 30-year rule.

Dubbed as "the day of departure," thousands of protesters gathered in the central Cairo square to demand the end of Mubarak' s regime.

In an interview with the U.S.-funded Al-Hurra TV, Shafiq said more than 90 percent of the protesters' demands have been met, so they should leave Tahrir Square.

In an appointed reference to Washington's call for an immediate transition of power, Shafiq said the transition should be in a civilized and courteous fashion, reiterating Mubarak will not seek another term when his presidential term ends in September.

"If the Egyptian people were asked for a nationwide vote, more than 95 percent of them would vote for allowing the president to wrap up his term and not leave now as the U.S. and some Western powers want," the prime minister said.

Source: Xinhua
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