05 Feb '11, 6pm

Mubarak meets cabinet as Egypt uprising rolls on

Mubarak meets cabinet as Egypt uprising rolls on

CAIRO: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak huddled with his new government for the first time on Saturday, and the executive committee of his ruling party quit en masse on day 12 of the protests against his regime. The turmoil in Cairo loomed large over a meeting in Munich, Germany of the Middle East diplomatic Quartet, where US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that the Middle East faced a bumpy road on the transition to democracy. At the same time, Clinton praised the "restraint" shown by the Egyptian security forces during a mass demonstration on Friday, billed as the "day of departure" for Mubarak by protesters. In Munich, US President Barack Obama's special envoy Frank Wisner said Mubarak should stay in office during a democratic transition. "The president must stay in office in order to steer those changes through," Wisner, who met Mubarak this week, told the Mu...

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