04 Feb '11, 1am

US Senate urges caretaker govt in Egypt

WASHINGTON: The US Senate late Thursday unanimously approved a symbolic resolution urging Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to create a caretaker government but stopping short of urging him to step down. Shocked and angered by television images of Mubarak supporters charging anti-government demonstrators, lawmakers called for quick, "concrete" steps towards transforming the staunch US ally into a representative democracy. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry said the non-binding measure was deliberately silent on whether Mubarak could play a role in what it described as an "inclusive" caretaker government formed with the opposition. "He could be part of it, he couldn't, depends on what they (the Egyptians) all agree to," he told reporters before the vote. "We want them to make that kind of choice, and not narrow the options here." Kerry, who crafted the me...

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