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Reshuffle fails to quell Egypt protests

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Reshuffle fails to quell Egypt protests


Tens of thousands of protesters have once again gathered in central Cairo demanding Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak stand down.

Despite his promises of reform, the opposition has called for a general strike today and also a massive march, due to take place tomorrow.

The latest demonstrations came as the embattled Egyptian leader announced his new cabinet and sacked his finance and interior ministers. Egypt’s largest single opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood has rejected this government and called on the people to continue their protests until the regime changes.

Many analysts believe the next 48 hours could prove crucial with Mubarak still seemingly determined to cling on to power. Washington and London have both called for an “orderly transition” to democratic rule.

In Cairo’s Tahrir Square, troops have still made no attempts to end the stand-off, although police have now been ordered back on to the streets after abandoning their posts on Friday.

Some fear that could destabilise the situation, with many Egyptians blaming the police for provoking the violent unrest in which more than 100 people have died.

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