Stability or chaos, Egypt at crossroad after 10-day unrest   2011-02-04 16:38:50 FeedbackPrintRSS

by Omnia Al-Desoukie, Li Laifang

CAIRO, Jan.4 (Xinhua) -- As the Egyptian government offered a lot of compromises and pledges to push forward political reforms towards more democracy, the nation is now at the crossroads of uniting to restore stability or letting the protests continue to create chaos.

The day of Friday will be a significant indicator of all these intentions, as some opposition groups have been calling on protesters to launch another mass gatherings to press President Hosni Mubarak to leave office immediately.

As another move to please the opposition, Egypt's Vice President Omar Suleiman announced on Thursday that the president's son Gamal Mubarak, who now heads the policies committee of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), will not seek presidency in the upcoming polls in August or September.

In an interview with the state television, the vice president elaborated on what the president had called on in terms of amendments of the articles 76 and 77 of the constitution which are about the conditions for presidential candidacy and terms.

He also said the amendments will be finished in 70 days, and promised that amendments to some other articles would also be revised.

On Thursday, the vice president said the government had started dialogue with the opposition parties. The talks will be completed within 10 days.

The banned Muslim Brotherhood (MB), was also invited but they are hesitant, the vice president said.

Analysts believe that the vice president has made positive moves, especially the efforts to hold dialogue with all opposition forces including the outlawed MB.

However, former MB head of the parliamentary bloc Saad El Katatny said Suleiman's words have no clear agendas and that the only way for Egyptians to accept talks with the government is Mubarak's departure.

The MB and the National Coalition for Change led by Mohammed ElBaradei, both insisted no dialogue without the stepping down of the president.

This stance has been highly criticized by many Egyptian protesters who say that they are trying to seize the opportunity to get what they want.

"Both ElBaradei and the MB should go out of our country after Mubarak," said a protester, sitting in a cafe relieving from the day's work.

Editor: Bi Mingxin

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