The Egyptian vice president has called for the protests to end. Speaking on state television he said all the protestors’ demands are being addressed. Omar Suleiman also said President Mubarak will not stand at the next election due in September. this has been a key demand of the opposition – the main reason for them not talking to the government.
Nevertheless when asked if opposition parties like the Muslim brotherhood had been invited to negotiations, Suleiman said that they had, as part of a national dialogue. But he said they are still hesitant to enter, adding that he thinks it’s a good opportunity for them to negotiate.
He blamed what he called foreign agents for causing violence in the ranks of the pro government demonstrators, but added that anyone found to be responsible will be punished.