In an unprecedented move, the recently appointed prime minister of Egypt has apologised for the violence by government supporters over the past 24 hours.
Ahmed Shafiq promises to find out who organized the violence, just hours after the government denied any police were involved. In fact he says he does not have enough police officers to cope with the protests. Backing up his comments, the country’s vice-president Omar Suleiman said those involved in orchestrating violence will be punished.
Meanwhile Egypt’s public prosecutor has issued a travel ban on some ministers from the former government and frozen their bank accounts. The ban has also been applied to a number of officials.