Gun fire rang out yet thousands of Egyptian protesters defied another night’s curfew in Cairo vowing to topple President Hosni Mubarak.
His promises of economic reform to address public anger at rising prices and unemployment have failed to stem a broader call for political change.
Democracy advocate Mohamed ElBaradei has taken up the political baton calling for a national unity government. He told hundreds of supporters, “we have an essential demand, the departure of this regime and we will start a new phase, a new Egypt where every Egyptian will live in freedom and dignity.”
ElBaradei together with the Muslim Brotherhood opposition are reported to be forming a ten member committee to talk to the government and army later today. Mubarak is not invited.
More than 100 people have been killed in the protests which have now entered their seventh day. A general strike is being called and a “protest of millions” march organised for Tuesday.