Revolutionary groups plan presidential election on 25 January

Ahram Online, Tuesday 20 Dec 2011

Revolution Youth Coalition and the We Are All Khaled Said Facebook group plan presidential election on anniversary of revolution, reject SCAF's 'lies' about Tahrir violence

Anti-SCAF graffiti
A boy walks past graffiti that reads "Marshal massacres the street "and "Freedom will be coming" during clashes with security forces in Cairo December 18, 2011.

The Revolution Youth Coalition and the 'We Are All Khaled Said' Facebook group held a press conference on Tuesday to dispute the ruling military council’s (SCAF) "lies" about the recent violence in Tahrir Square, and declare they had adopted a widely circulated initiative to elect a new president on 25 January – straight after parliamentary elections – to take power from the military.

The military’s attacks against protesters in Tahrir Square, which have left at least 13 dead and hundreds injured since 16 December, have provoked widespread outrage and triggered many political groups and parties to demand an immediate handover of power.

Two different press conferences were held on Tuesday to deny what they described as “SCAF's lies” about the violence.

Two demonstrations are also planned for Tuesday: one called for by newly elected parliamentarians, and another by women against the targeted harassment and torture of female protesters.      

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