EU leaders call for government change in Egypt

February 11, 2011 10:17

BRUSSELS — EU leaders renewed calls Friday for a new government in Egypt, after President Hosni Mubarak vowed to remain in power despite massive pro-democracy protests.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Mubarak's defiant speech late Thursday "has not yet opened the way to faster and deeper reforms."

"An orderly and irreversible transition towards democracy and free and fair elections is the shared objective of both the EU and the Egyptian people," Ashton said in a statement. "The lifting of the state of emergency ... must be implemented as soon as possible."

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