Egypt Opposition to End Protest in Cairo Square

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A coalition of protesters says it's calling a halt to the big demonstrations in a downtown Cairo square, but will hold weekly demonstrations after Friday prayers.

At a news conference, the loose alliance of youths and traditional opposition groups also listed its demands for the first time.

They include the lifting of hated emergency laws and the dissolution of parliament.

Some protesters not linked to the coalition say they'll stay camped on Tahrir Square, and it's not immediately clear when the downtown area will be cleared.

Meanwhile, Egypt's military is detailing the next steps for the country following the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

It's pledging to hand over power to an elected civilian government, though it hasn't outlined a timetable.

The military has asked the current government, appointed by Mubarak, to continue operating until a new one is formed.

It has relaxed a nighttime curfew and banned current and ex-government officials from traveling abroad without permission.

It's also reassuring allies that Egypt will abide by its peace treaty with Israel.

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