Monday, 14 February 2011

Egypt military rule may ban protests

Egypt's security forces are overseeing the final removal of anti-government protestors from Tahrir Square. Most of the protestors left the square over the weekend, believing President Hosni Mubarak's resignation will mean a clean slate for Egypt.

The country's new military rulers have said they will dissolve parliament and suspend the constitution. The military, who took-over after Mubarak stepped down on Friday, intends to remain in power for six months or until the next presidential election. Reports have also emerged that the military is going to ban public protests in order to maintain peace; however, many believe that this could incite unrest among Egyptians who may see it as an infringement of their new found freedom.

The whereabouts of Mubarak are still unclear, but it is believed that he is staying in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh. Some people have demanded that Mubarak stand trial for the death of all those killed during the 18 days of demonstrations. Mubarak's next move is unclear, but there is little doubt that the military faces a big challenge in trying to keep Egyptians content.

There have been reports of possible demonstration unless the demands of the people are met. Egypt's temporary Prime Minister, Ahmed Shafiq, said the country's main priority was to restore the Egypt's security. He noted: "Our main concern now as a cabinet is security - we need to bring back a sense of security to the Egyptian citizen…Parallel to that we also want to ensure that the daily life of all Egyptians goes back to normal and that basic needs like bread and healthcare are available."

Sources: BBC News, CNN, FT, Irish Times

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