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CAIRO – Egyptian politicians say the ruling military has moved up the date for transferring power to a civilian government to July 1, 2012.
Abu al-alla Madi and Mohammed Selim el-Awa, two politicians who attended a five-hour crisis meeting with the military rulers, said Tuesday that the council also accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Essam Sharaf’s government and will form a “national salvation” Cabinet to replace it and steer the country toward civilian rule.
The announcement was immediately rejected by tens of thousands of protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
“We are not leaving, he leaves,” they chanted, referring to military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi.
The July scenario would be a compromise. Protesters had sought new presidential elections by April, but under the military’s existing timetable it would continue to rule until late 2012 or 남원출장안마 early 2013. The military council had not yet publicly confirmed the agreement announced by civilian politicians.
A swelling crowd of tens of thousands filled Cairo’s Tahrir Square Tuesday, answering the call for a million people to turn out and intensify pressure on the military leadership to relinquish power and forcing the ruling military council into crisis talks with political parties.
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