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Cairo (Feb 3) – Protesters confronted by Egyptian police left the death toll at 97 with thousands more injured. Since Friday, the military forces controlled the situation and did not counterattack with gunfire. They agreed to allow the protesters their voice. Since then much of the violence has subsided. Still the there were clashes between supporters of the President and his opponents.
As a concession to the rallies for him to step down from office after 30 years in power, he said he would not run for another term in September. He also appointed a Vice President, the first since he has been in office and vowed to work towards a peaceful change of power. This did not pacify protesters of Egypt’s population of 80 million. They want him to leave office today and are not appeased by another 7 months under his control.
United States President Barak Obama, a key ally of Mubarak’s and Egypt told him that the transition must be peaceful and advised him to include opponents in discussions. The US has been urging American Nationals to leave Egypt since the beginning of the conflict and former ambassador to Egypt, Steve Wisner, told Mubarak that the end of his position as president was inevitable.
After the forced resignation of the leader of Tunisia last month, unrest in the Middle East is spreading even further. In an effort to stop similar protests that are taking place in Egypt, King Abdullah of Jordan is replacing his cabinet and the Palestinian government is setting forth plans for reforms.