Egypt Protesters: We'll Go Home—for Now

Main coalition promises weekly demonstrations to maintain pressure
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2011 10:38 AM CST
Egypt Protesters: We'll Go Home—for Now
Anti-government protesters continue to celebrate in Tahrir Square Saturday.   (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Egypt coverage is mostly celebratory today—"a new dawn," is the phrase of choice for both al-Jazeera and the Guardian, while the New York Times has it that a "new era dawned"—as attention turns to the what-comes-next question. Along those lines:

  • The main coalition of protest groups says it will leave Tahrir Square after three weeks but called for weekly demonstrations to maintain pressure on the military for promised reform, reports AP.

  • In a televised statement, the military pledged to hand over power to a democratically elected civilian government and to abide by all international treaties. It asked the current government, recently appointed by Hosni Mubarak, to stay in place until a transitional one can be formed.
  • Not all the protesters are leaving, apparently. One tells the Washington Post: "This is a revolution, not a half-revolution. We need a timetable for elections. We need an interim government. We need a committee for a new constitution. Once we get all that, then we can leave the square."
(More Egypt stories.)

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