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Mubarak Refuses To Step Down Amid Protests

Mubarak Refuses To Step Down Amid Protests

CAIRO - A huge crowd of demonstrators is gathering in Cairo, hours after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak fired his Cabinet and defied calls to end his 30-year rule.

Egyptian state television announced Saturday Mr. Mubarak’s Cabinet has officially resigned.

In his televised speech late Friday, Mr. Mubarak promised to name a new Cabinet Saturday and implement political and economic reforms to appease tens of thousands of protesters who took to the streets of Cairo and other cities.

Two mobile phone networks resumed service Saturday, about 24 hours after the government instructed mobile operators to cut services in an effort to stop Friday’s massive protests. 

U.S. President Barack Obama appealed to Egypt Friday to restore Internet and communication services and refrain from violence against peaceful protesters.

Mr. Obama said he spoke to Mr. Mubarak and asked him to take “concrete steps” to fulfill his promises of reform made to the Egyptian people. 

Friday’s demonstrations were the largest and most violent since the protests began Tuesday. 

Thousands of protesters defied the nighttime curfew.  Buildings continued to burn in the capital where tanks patrolled the streets overnight.

Egyptian officials say at least 35 people have been killed, including 10 police officers.  Some media outlets say the death toll is higher, with at least 74 people killed during demonstrations in major cities.  Hundreds of others have been hurt.

Foreign tourists and many Egyptians have been crowding into Cairo’s main airport to find flights out of Egypt.

Source:  VOA News



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Author: editor
Post Date: Saturday, January 29th, 2011
Categories: Middle East