Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Egypt's military agree to speed up presidential elections as protesters pour into Tahrir Square demanding a 'second revolution' - 23rd Nov 2011

Tens of thousands of protesters poured into central Cairo yesterday, calling for a ‘second revolution’ and the immediate removal of Egypt’s military rulers.

The increasingly confident crowd stepped up their demands after apparently dismissing an offer from the military to form a ‘national salvation government’.

It was the first time the leadership had bowed to the pressure – but with their numbers swelling by the day, the demonstrators were not in a mood to compromise.

The generals agreed to speed up presidential elections, a key demand of the protesters.
Head of the military council, Field Marshal Tantawi, said on national TV they would go ahead by July 2012.

He said parliamentary elections due next week would go ahead and a referendum on an immediate transfer of power would be organised if necessary. Read More