Protesters fill Cairo's Tahrir Square 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
ruling military council was considering on Monday whether to accept the
resignation of the entire cabinet tendered the day before, after
violent clashes in Cairo's Tahrir square between police and protesters, a
cabinet source said on Monday.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed deep concern on Monday about
violence in Egypt and called on authorities to guarantee the right to
The cabinet spokesman Mohamed
Hegazy said "considering the difficult circumstances the country is
going through in the current period, the government will continue to
perform its full duties until a decision on the resignation is made,"
state news agency MENA quoted him as saying.
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A military official told Reuters that the ruling council is seeking agreement on a new prime minister before it
accepts the resignation submitted by the cabinet of Prime Minister
The resignation comes as the death toll from
protests in the Egyptian capital topped 30, as clashes between
protesters and security forces continued for three days. Medical sources
put the number of dead at 33 while the Egyptian health Ministry said 22
people had been killed.
Protesters demanding Egypt's ruling
generals hand over power beat back a new police raid to evict them from
Cairo's central Tahrir Square on Monday, witnesses said.
least 425 people have been wounded since violence erupted in downtown
Cairo three days ago, according to the Egyptian Health Ministry. Police
fired tear gas and attacked a makeshift field hospital, while protesters
broke up pavements to hurl the chunks of concrete at police.
Ban "is deeply concerned about the violence in
Egypt during the last few days, particularly in Cairo," said a statement
issued by his spokesman Martin Nesirky. "He deplores the loss of life and the many injuries," the statement added. Morgue officials said the death toll had risen to 33.
said Ban called on Egypt's transitional authorities to guarantee the
protection of human rights and civil liberties for all Egyptians,
including the right to peaceful protest.
"He urges restraint and
calm by all parties to enable a peaceful and inclusive electoral process
as part of Egypt's transition to democracy and the early establishment
of civilian rule,"
the statement continued.
is clearly no going back as you can see this violence cannot be swept
under the table," said Essam Gouda, a protester in Tahrir, who said two
marches were due to converge there by mid-afternoon.
"We aim to control the entry points to the square so that security doesn't block protesters from entering," said Essam.
Square was the rallying point for protesters in Cairo when an 18-day
uprising toppled Mubarak from three decades of power in February.
just a week before voting in the first free parliamentary election in
decades, the confrontations have raised concerns about how smooth voting
Egyptians elect a new parliament in a staggered vote
that starts on Nov. 28, but even when the assembly is picked,
presidential powers remain with the army until a presidential poll,
which may not happen until late 2012 or early 2013. Protesters want a
much swifter transition.
backed by army officers fired salvos of gas canisters and charged
demonstrators in the square as darkness fell on Sunday, temporarily
sending protesters fleeing. Demonstrators brandished spent shotgun
cartridges and bullet casings, although police denied using live rounds.
Security forces burned down banners and Internet clips, which could not
be independently checked, showed police beating protesters with sticks,
pulling them by the hair and, in one case, dumping what appeared to be a
corpse on piles of rubbish.
Demonstrators swiftly regrouped in side streets and returned to take
control of the square overnight before police tried again to retake
Tahrir after dawn.
Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Mubarak's defense minister for
two decades and who leads the army council, has become a target of
"I don't want Tantawi ... I am staying tonight," said Ayman Ramadan, a data entry employee, said early on Monday morning.
Outside the burning apartment building, protesters chanted: "Tantawi burnt it and here are the revolutionaries!"