curfew in Egypt
|DUBAI (AFP) – Tens of thousands of demonstrators
remain on the streets of Egypt’s major cities,
despite a curfew from 1600 local time (1400 GMT).
The army has warned that anyone who breaks the
curfew will be in danger.
Meanwhile, Egyptian state TV has shown intelligence
chief Omar Suleiman being sworn in as vice-president
- the first time such a post has been created in
President Mubarak’s 30-year rule.
There have been clashes in Cairo, Alexandria and
The Arab world’s influential cleric Yusuf Al
Qaradawi has urged President Mubarak to step down
for the good of the country, as his ouster was the
only solution to Egypt’s crisis.
The widely respected Sunni Muslim cleric who holds
Egyptian and Qatari nationalities, also encouraged
Egyptians to keep up peaceful protests, in an
interview with Al Jazeera television.
“President Mubarak ... I advise you to depart from
Egypt ... There is no other solution to this problem
but for Mubarak to go,” Qaradawi said.
The cleric, a resident of Qatar who has a popular
programme on Al Jazeera to advise on Islamic laws,
heads the International Union for Muslim Scholars.
He is considered one of the world’s top Sunni
“Go Mubarak, have mercy on this people and leave so
as not to increase the destruction of Egypt,” he
“There is no staying longer, Mubarak, I advise you
(to learn) the lesson of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali,”
he said, referring to Tunisia’s deposed president
who fled to Saudi Arabia.
Qaradawi, a spiritual leader of Egypt’s Muslim
Brotherhood, has in the past defended “violence
carried out by certain Muslims”.
(Earlier report in Nation 2)