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New PM and Vice President, but Egypt revolt goes on

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New PM and Vice President, but Egypt revolt goes on


In Egypt, a fifth day of widespread protests is continuing into the night. The army is on the streets but the soldiers do not seem in the mood for confronting the demonstrators.

Accurate figures are not available but it is estimated that around 100 people have died and two thousand have been wounded.

Embattled President Hosni Mubarak has appointed Omar Suleiman, the country’s intelligence chief, as the new Vice President. The move is significant because this is the first time in Mubarak’s 30 years’ of rule that he has appointed a deputy. He has also appointed the ex-aviation minister as Prime Minister.

Observers say, however, that these appointments have done nothing to calm the storm as both men are closely associated with Mubarak’s regime.

There are reports that three protesters were shot dead outside the Interior Ministry today and that another eight were killed outside the prison.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators continue to fill the streets of Cairo and other large cities.

Although sources say the movement was largely peaceful today, as night falls there are reports of widespread burglary and looting in the wealthier areas of the city.

Meanwhile, President Mubarak’s sons Alaa and Gamal have arrived in London.

Euronews correspondent Mohamed Elhamy said: “These demonstrations show that the fall of the government wasn’t enough for the crowd, they want the Egyptian President himself to step down.”

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