Egypt's ruler reaches out to opposition

2011-11-26 18:31
Cairo - Egypt's leader reached out to key opposition figures on Saturday just days before landmark polls in the face of a growing rift between military rulers and activists who ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

A 19-year-old demonstrator was killed after a protest outside the cabinet headquarters against military leader Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi's appointment of Kamal al-Ganzuri as Egypt's new prime minister.

The protest came as Friday's appointment failed to satisfy demands for change ahead of next week's elections.

Tantawi held separate talks with Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the UN nuclear watchdog, and ex-Arab League chief Amr Mussa, state media reported, as protesters demanding the end of military rule remained camped out in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

ElBaradei, a prominent dissident during Mubarak's rule, and Mussa were among those proposed by protesters as members of a national salvation government.

The teenaged demonstrator was killed following the protest against the naming of Ganzuri, who served as premier under Mubarak, in front of the cabinet headquarters.

The victim was hit by a police truck that witnesses said had charged into the demonstrators.

An interior ministry statement confirmed the death of Ahmed Surur and expressed its "deepest sorrow and apologies", but said its forces had not been sent to clear the protesters.

Police trucks had decided to back up to avoid clashes when the accident took place, it said.

Read more on:    hosni mubarak  |  hussein tantawi  |  mohamed elbaradei  |  amr mussa  |  egypt  |  egypt protests  |  north africa  |  uprisings
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