Four days of protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square have brought traffic in the heart of the capital to a standstill.
Separate protests by hundreds of people were also under way in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and the city of Suez. Many Egyptians say remnants of the ex-president Hosni Mubarak’s regime in the police and judiciary are trying to delay trials of those accused of crimes before the Jan. 25 uprising.
Mr. Sharaf said he had decided to “conduct a cabinet reshuffle within a week to achieve the objectives of the revolution.” Some cabinet members, mainly technocrats, were appointed in the last days of Mr. Mubarak’s rule.
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Egypt’s ruling military junta has made a defiant response to the wave of recent protests, writes a busy Jack Shenker in Cairo.
“President Assad is not indispensable and we have absolutely nothing invested in him remaining in power…from our perspective, he has lost legitimacy,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday – suggesting for the first time that Washington may support toppling the Syrian regime.
Although Clinton was responding to attacks on the U.S. and French embassies in Damascus by pro-Assad protesters, her words indicate a sharp deterioration in the relations between the two countries.