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We've failed to meet youth demands: Egypt's PM Qandil
After violence erupts at protests at the presidential palace to oust Egypt's cabinet, PM Qandil admits govt and politicians haven't met youth demands, but complains political forces always call for a change of leadership
Ahram Online, Nada Hussein Rashwan, Saturday 2 Feb 2013
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Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil during his tour around the clashes zones in Cairo Saturday morning (Photo: Hisham Qandil official Facebook page)

Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil condemns the Friday night violence during protests at the presidential palace, admitting the government's shortcomings in responding to protesters' demands.

"The government, as well as all political forces, has failed to accommodate the demands of the youth" Qandil said in a recorded, televised speech Saturday morning.

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets on Friday – in Cairo and across the country – to demand the dismissal of Prime Minister Hisham Qandil's government, the amendment of Egypt's newly-approved constitution and the appointment of a new prosecutor-general.

One protester was killed and dozens injured when protests turned violent at the presidential palace Friday night.

Live television footage showing a group of police soldiers stripping, dragging and beating a man caused an uproar of condemnations and demands to remove the interior minister.

"The absurd situation we are in should not be reduced to a scene of police forces dragging a civilian," Qandil comments.

However, the prime minister complains that: "Whenever we face a problem during the transitional phase, political forces demand sacking the government and dissolving the parliament. They ask that we knock down the institutions which we built ourselves.

"I call on political forces to halt protests, condemn violence and participate in the process of change by contesting [the situation] in the upcoming elections. Change through violence is not acceptable" he emphasised.

Qandil took a tour in a motorcade around Tahrir Square and the presidential palace, roughly 30 minutes away, in the early, calm hours Saturday following Friday's violence.

A group of protesters in Tahrir Square threw stones and bottles at the Egyptian prime minister's motorcade on as he tried to enter, reports Al Ahram Arabic news site.

In a comment on Qandil's official Facebook page, he said the incident reflects the "true nature of those who occupied Tahrir Square."

"These are not protesters and should not be allowed to enter demonstration areas and distort the image of the revolution under the political cover they are given" the statement argues.

Clashes between security forces and protesters were ongoing throughout the past week. Security used heavy teargas rounds against civilians' Molotov cocktails and fireworks.





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Habib Tabrizian
02-02-2013 07:21pm
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We've failed to meet youth demands: Egypt's PM Qandil
How about the time when salafist gang besieged the constitutional court and prevented the judges to attend in their work? mr. Ghandil was silent then! I am an Iranian who consider the Egyptian strugle for democracy as a strugle for the whole regiion inclucive my miserable homeland.
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expat
02-02-2013 05:56pm
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dialogue?
what kind of dialogue you are talking about? the mbs want to transfer the country the same way in a little khatar as erdowhan is wanting to do with turkey... just a new jail for people in a new blanket to cover it,its named religion
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mark
02-02-2013 05:55pm
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!!!!!
I think that you don't understand (or you act like you can't understand) what's going on people. Since the raise of the Brotherhood all kinds of criminalities have raised. Women are facing sexual harrassement all around the country (it's a lie that this only happens in Tahrir Square), all kinds of foreigners and people of other religions are feeling in danger, while police is COMPLETELY ABSENT. The whole society has turned to be much more conservative, young men feel that they can do whatever they want to women or weaker people, poverty has expanded, and people are losing their lives for almost no reason!!! Look what's going on around you mr. Qandil, and please take your partners and go to your home. It's a real shame to ask people to not deal with the huge problem that when you need them egyptian policemen are not there, while when they have the chance they attack, TORTURE and ABUSE middle aged people like they did to this innocent man outside the presidential palace. I'm afraid that
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Jimmy
02-02-2013 04:51pm
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dialogue is the only way out
Violence will lead to more violence. politicians need to have a dialogue. our economy can't take open ended protests and counter protests. The police force will suffer fatigue and use undesired means to control the thugs.
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Freedom Fighter, Aladdin
02-02-2013 04:16pm
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Hydrodynamics of Society
It is turbulant flow with many vortices. Open the barrier to allow smooth laminar flow. Modern egypt rejects the backward Ekhwan rule that put us into this financial trap. Thanks for being honest hydrologist.
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