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Egypt protesters call for civilian rule

Posted by on February 25, 2011 0 Comment

Cairo: Thousands of Egyptians have taken over Cairo’s liberation Square to demand the military council hand over power to a civilian government.

Protesters also want the army to dissolve Prime Minister Ahmad Shafiq’s cabinet, which was appointed by ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

Massive anti-government protests toppled Mubarak’s regime two weeks ago. Mubarak handed power over to the high military council, despite millions-plus pro-democracy demonstrations.

Pro-democracy protesters have recently held massive demonstrations in Cairo, calling for a quicker transfer of power from the interim military government to a civilian one.

Reports say tanks and soldiers have remained at intersections in Cairo since Mubarak was toppled in an 18-day uprising early this month.

Activists have called for the release of political prisoners, the lifting of a 30-year-old state of emergency and the disbandment of military court.

They have vowed to continue demonstrations until the Egyptian army agrees to the reforms.

The developments come as popular revolutions continue to sweep US-backed autocratic regimes across North Africa and the Middle East.

Meanwhile, in Jordan, thousands of security forces have been deployed across the capital Amman on a planned ‘Day of Anger.’

Thousands of members of Jordan’s Islamic Action Front as well as supporters of major political parties are to march and call for reforms.

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