Egyptian police continued to battle protesters over night in central Cairo with an estimated 20,000 demonstrators defying calls for unity and calm.
An offer to resign by the army-appointed civilian cabinet over the handling of the renewed unrest has cast uncertainty over next week’s elections.
It is not clear if the military council has accepted the cabinet’s move, instead a statement was read out on national televison.
A presenter said the council was calling upon all political factions to hold an urgent dialogue to examine the factors that have led to the current crisis.
Head of the army council, Field Marshal Tantawi is carrying on with his duties as usual. But as ousted President Mubarak’s former defence minister, he is closely linked to the old regime.
Anger over the army’s slow progress towards full democracy has ignited demonstrations across Egypt. In Alexandria one protester was killed in clashes adding to the death toll mainly in the capital which medical sources put at around 35.