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Egypt students list demands ahead of Saturday civil disobedience drive

Student strike body demands handover of power from ruling military council to civil authority

Ahram Online, Friday 10 Feb 2012
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The Supreme Committee for Egypt's Students' Strike held a press conference on Friday to list its demands ahead of Saturday's planned civil-disobedience campaign.

Student unions at a number of Egyptian universities have endorsed the campaign, which was called for by several revolutionary political forces and labour groups to demand that the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) hand over power to a civil authority.

To give momentum to the campaign, several student unions recently joined forces to form the Supreme Committee for Egypt's Students' Strike. Among their demands is the handover of power to a revolutionary national salvation government, the dismissal of the prosecutor general and the setting of a national minimum and maximum wage.

The SCAF assumed executive power following last year's ouster of longstanding president Hosni Mubarak. Initially, the military council said it would stay in power for only six months.

In the twelve months since, the SCAF has repeatedly vowed to relinquish power following presidential elections slated for June. 

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