Saturday, February 5, 2011

Middle East: Latest in Egypt

Al Jazeera

Cairo protesters hold firm
US envoy says Mubarak must stay to steer through reforms, as tens of thousands in Tahrir Square call for him to resign.

"Frank Wisner, a special envoy for Barack Obama, the US president, has said Hosni Mubarak "must stay in office to steer" a process of gathering "national consensus around the preconditions" for the way forward.

"The comment represents the strongest statement from a US government official in support of Mubarak remaining in office since protests began on January 25.

"Obama administration officials welcomed the resignation of Gamal Mubarak, terming it a "positive" move.

"Despite the continuing demonstrations and the resignations, Ahmed Shafiq, the prime minister, said stability was returning to the country and that he was confident a deal could be reached on constitutional reforms."

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