Tens of thousands of Egyptians have converged on Cairo’s Tahrir Square in what activists say promises to be the biggest day yet of protest against military rule.
It comes as the army council confirmed that 78-year-old Kamal Ganzouri had been appointed as prime minister to form a new government.
The protesters have criticised the move, arguing that as a former prime minister under Mubarak he represents no break from the past.
Presidential candidate Mohamed El Baradei joined the crowds for what organisers call ‘last chance Friday’. The protesters want parliamentary elections scheduled for Monday postponed, insisting military rulers step down first.
Not all Egyptians agree: the influential Muslim Brotherhood has dissociated itself from the Tahrir Square rally.
Military rulers say presidential elections will be brought forward and have apologised for the deaths of protesters: more than 40 people have been killed in clashes over the past week.
Friday prayers heard a call for protesters to remain in the square until their demands have been met.