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Egypt: Mubarak Forms Reform Committees

Tuesday, 08 Feb 2011 06:46 AM

 

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CAIRO — Egypt's embattled President Hosni Mubarak has set up a committee to discuss and recommend constitutional changes that will relax eligibility rules for who can run for president and limit the number of presidential terms.

Vice President Omar Suleiman said Tuesday that Mubarak also decreed the creation of a separate committee to monitor the implementation of all proposed reforms.

The moves are the first concrete steps taken by the longtime authoritarian ruler to implement reforms promised during two weeks of mass protests. So far government concessions have fallen short of the demands of protester demands that Mubarak immediately step down.

Mubarak also ordered a probe into clashes last week between the protesters and supporters of the president.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian protesters are rallying around a recently released Google Inc. executive as they try to maintain the momentum of a mass protest calling for President Hosni Mubarak's ouster.

Activists also called for 1 million people to fill the central Tahrir Square on Tuesday.

The protests already have brought the most sweeping changes since Mubarak took power nearly 30 years ago, but activists are insisting Mubarak step down immediately.

Some 90,000 have signed a Facebook page calling Google marketing manager Wael Ghoneim to be their leader, and they expect him to appear in the square Tuesday afternoon, a day after he was released from detention. Ghoneim has said he was the administrator of a Facebook page used to organize Egypt's unprecedented pro-democracy uprising.

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