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Egypt: Military will not tolerate 'troublemakers'

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Egypt: Military will not tolerate 'troublemakers'


Egypt’s military rulers have said they will not tolerate “troublemakers” causing problems at Monday’s parliamentary election.

Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi, the head of the military council, spoke as thousands of protesters gathered once more at Cairo’s Tahrir square, trying to evict the military who have run Egypt since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February.

There are fears the mass protests could cause problems and cast a negative shadow over the elections on Monday.

But protestesr Wael Mohammad rejected this idea.

“We are saying that people here are not against elections but we are all looking for clean and respectable people to be elected,” he said.

Protesters have also rejected Kamal Ganzouri, the prime minister put in place by the military council to create a so-called national salvation government.

Outside the parliament building in Cairo, another demonstrator, Hiba Hani, gave her opinion of the new premier.

“We are trying to create a government that represents the revolution and its demands,” she said. “We have no faith in Ganzouri, or anyone who is brought in with him. He may bring in some advisers that we support, but we are asking, why don’t those people themselves form a government? So the least we can do is sit here and express our opinion, and say we are here and we reject you.”

Field Marshall Tantawi held talks with leading political figures Mohamed ElBaradei and Amr Moussa on Saturday to discuss the political crisis. ElBaradei says he is willing to give up his run for the Egyptian presidency, if he is asked to lead the interim government.

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