Egypt protests: change is coming, says Mohammed ElBaradei – Thousands rally in Cairo to defy curfew as Hillary Clinton calls on Hosni Mubarak to allow ‘orderly transition’

Posted: January 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

The Egyptian opposition leader, Mohamed ElBaradei, tonight predicted change within “the next few days” as western leaders pointedly declined to throw their support behind the country’s embattled president, Hosni Mubarak.

In another dramatic day, thousands of protesters kept up the pressure on a defiant Mubarak amid sporadic violence and signs that the US and allies may ditch him unless he allows an “orderly transition”.

ElBaradei, the former chief UN arms inspector and de facto leader of the opposition, called for the president to step down at once as demonstrators massed in Cairo’s central Tahrir square to ignore a night-time curfew. ElBaradei, who is now backed by the powerful Muslim Brotherhood and other opposition groups, said he wanted to negotiate about a new government with the army, which he described as “part of the Egyptian people”.


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