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Feb 3, 2011

Egypt leaders struggle to end tumult, toll rises

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s government struggled to regain control of an angry nation, inviting Islamist opponents to political talks as protesters demanding the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak battled with his supporters on the streets.

A bitter and bloody confrontation gripped central Cairo where armed government loyalists fought pro-democracy demonstrators intent on the downfall of President Mubarak, prompting the White House once more to urge negotiations.

Feb 3, 2011

Bitter standoff in Cairo after six killed

CAIRO (Reuters) – A bitter and, by turns, bloody confrontation gripped central Cairo on Thursday as armed government loyalists fought pro-democracy protesters demanding the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak.

At least six people were dead and 800 wounded after gunmen and stick-wielding Mubarak supporters attacked demonstrators camped out for a tenth day on Tahrir Square to demand the 82-year-old leader immediately end his 30-year rule.

Feb 3, 2011

Opponents, West press Mubarak after 6 killed

CAIRO (Reuters) – Gunmen fired on anti-government protesters in Cairo, where fighting killed six and wounded over 800 and prompted new calls on Thursday from Western powers for President Hosni Mubarak to start handing over power immediately.

Thousands of angry young demonstrators on Tahrir Square said those who opened fire on them overnight were secret policemen. They insisted their resolve had only hardened. Scornful of Mubarak’s pledge on Tuesday to step down, but only in September, they vowed to stand firm until the 82-year-old leader is gone.

Feb 3, 2011

Five killed as Egypt protesters come under fire

CAIRO (Reuters) – Supporters of President Hosni Mubarak opened fire on protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Thursday, killing at least five, in a fresh spike in violence over an unprecedented challenge to his 30-year-old rule.

The opposition responded by renewing demands that he quit.

Thousands of dissidents barricaded themselves into the central Cairo square, vowing to remain until Mubarak goes. For the first time, troops deployed to create a buffer zone of 80 meters (yards) or so between them and pro-Mubarak groups.

Feb 2, 2011

Mubarak supporters try to clear Cairo protest

CAIRO (Reuters) – Supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak riding camels and horses and wielding whips and sticks charged at demonstrators in Cairo on Wednesday in a drive to end their protest demanding an end to his 30-year rule.

Reuters correspondents said the army did not respond to the anti-Mubarak protesters’ calls for intervention to stop violence, in which hundreds of people were injured, dozens of them with wounds to the head.

Feb 2, 2011

Mubarak supporters on horses charge protesters

CAIRO (Reuters) – Supporters of Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak riding camels and horses, wielding whips and sticks, plowed into protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Wednesday.

Reuters correspondents said the army did not respond to the anti-Mubarak protesters’ calls for intervention.

Feb 2, 2011

Egypt’s fate may rest on top soldier’s shoulders

CAIRO (Reuters) – The fate of Egypt’s pro-democracy movement may rest on the shoulders of the country’s top soldier, who has so far refused to use force against protesters demanding the removal of President Hosni Mubarak.

In a rare balancing act, Lieutenant General Sami Enan, the armed forces chief-of-staff, has won praise from both the United States and a leading member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, who said he could be an acceptable successor to Mubarak.

Feb 1, 2011

Mubarak finally faces prospect of retirement

CAIRO (Reuters) – Hosni Mubarak, president of Egypt for the past 30 years, once said he planned to “bear his responsibilities” as long as his heart was beating.

Always dourly confident, never showing a trace of doubt about his lifetime achievements, Mubarak has posed as a benign and tireless leader protecting the security and stability of his country and serving the welfare of its people.

Feb 1, 2011
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Egypt’s Islamists well placed for any post-Mubarak phase


(Anti-Mubarak protest at Tahrir Square in Cairo February 1, 2011/Suhaib Salem)

The Muslim Brotherhood, one of the Arab world’s oldest Islamist movements and Egypt’s largest opposition group, is well placed to play a prominent role as President Hosni Mubarak’s rule teeters on the brink of collapse.

The movement is active in the protest movement massing in Cairo, Alexandria and other cities on Tuesday in an attempt to persuade Mubarak that after 30 years it is time to go.

Jan 31, 2011

Mubarak failed to build succession framework

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak came to power at a moment of national crisis after a dramatic act of political violence coupled with an armed insurgency.

Thirty years later he is clinging to power, with more than 130 people dead in the streets and with no clear successor.