Egyptian VP to Opposition: Let's Talk

Suleiman says Mubarak has authorized him to begin talks
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2011 4:35 PM CST
Egyptian VP to Opposition: Let's Talk
A man identified only as Fathi, wearing the uniform of a captain in the Egyptian army, is carried by demonstrators on Tahrir, or Liberation Square, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday Jan. 31, 2011.   (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Egypt's new vice president said that the government would be willing to begin a dialogue with the opposition in order to mollify the violent protests that have rocked the country, the Wall Street Journal reports. Omar Suleiman said that President Mubarak had asked him to open an "immediate" dialogue with the protesters—a decision that likely had much to do with the army's statement that it would not harm the opposition, delivered this evening.

Military commanders still seem to support Mubarak, but said they understood the "legitimacy of the people's demands" and vowed not to harm any protesters. The determination of many demonstrators suggest that Mubarak will have to do quite a bit in any resulting dialogue to satisfy their thirst for change. "We are not stupid enough to just be satisfied with the changing of figures," said one protester. "We want the whole regime to change. We will not stop until we have what we want."
(More Egypt stories.)

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