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Egypt's PM condemns clashes near presidential palace

English.news.cn   2013-02-02 20:39:18            
 • Egyptian PM condemned violent clashes Friday evening outside the presidential palace in Cairo.
 • Qandil urged all political forces to call on their supporters to withdraw from streets near the palace.
 • Qandil said legitimate demands should be expressed through legitimate channels.

 

CAIRO, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Qandil condemned Saturday violent clashes between protestors and security forces that took place Friday evening outside the presidential palace in Cairo.

Qandil urged in his televised statement all political forces to call on their supporters to withdraw from the streets near the palace and denounce violence.

"All the political forces should withdraw their protestors from the areas near the presidential palace and Tahrir Square to give the police forces a chance to identify those committing vandalism acts," Qandil said after checking security situation in iconic Tahrir square.

Qandil said legitimate demands should be expressed through legitimate channels, and admitted that the government and political forces have failed to contain the situation.

The prime minister reiterated the government was working hard to meet the citizens' basic needs despite ailing economy.

One person was killed and tens were injured in Friday's clashes outside the presidential palace, according to the health ministry.

On Friday, thousands of demonstrators, urged by opposition parties, took to public squares across the country in protest of the government, the newly-approved constitution, the current prosecutor-general and recent bloodshed that resulted from similar demonstrations nationwide.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi held the political forces " that might have instigated such acts" responsible for Friday's clashes, urging them to denounce violence and call on their supporters to immediately leave the area.

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