Protesters to celebrate Shafik's resignation in Tahrir Square

Ahram Online, Thursday 3 Mar 2011

Thousands of protesters are expected in Tahrir Square tomorrow to celebrate former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik's resignation and the appointment of Essam Sharaf in his place

Tahrir Square
Opposition supporters gather during a huge rally in the opposition stronghold in Tahrir Square in Cairo February 8, 2011. (Photo: Reuters)


The January 25 Youth Coalition are calling for people to head to Tahrir Square tomorrow to celebrate the resignation of Ahmed Shafik as prime minister and the dissolution of his government.

The group has called tomorrow “Oath of Office Friday,” and are organising a massive demonstration to celebrate Shafik’s resignation and mark the 40th day commemoration of the deaths of the martyrs of the Egyptian Revolution.

The Coalition has also sent an invitation to Essam Sharaf, the newly appointed prime minister, to join protesters tomorrow in Tahrir Square and celebrate with them. Sharaf was an early supporter of the people's revolution.

The Coalition released a statement today in which they thanked the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces for accepting Shafik’s resignation and appointing Sharaf to form a new government.

They also asked Sharaf to form a government of technocrats after consulting with the various national, political and youth groups in the country. They requested that the new government does not include any minister or member of the old regime.

The group also wanted Sharaf to meet the rest of the 25 January Revolution's demands, including the dismantling of the state security apparatus, the reconstruction of the Ministry of Interior with a civil leader, the release of all political prisoners, and the immediate trial of all those behind the 2 February “Battle of the Camel,” which led to the death of many protesters.

The Coalition also wants the trial of all corrupt figures from the previous regime, early elections for local councils, and a response to the social and economic needs of the Egyptian people, including the implementation of a minimum wage. They also want the current workers union to be dissolved and the establishment of a new union representative of Egypt’s workers.

Before Shafik’s resignation was announced today, the Coalition had called for a million plus protest tomorrow in Tahrir Square dubbed the “Friday of Determination,” in which they had planned to call for the resignation of Shafik, a man seen as unfit to rule post-revolution Egypt since he was appointed by former President Mubarak.


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