Pro-democracy protests in Egypt have entered their 14th day as thousands of activists remain in Tahrir Square in Cairo calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. On Sunday, Egypt’s newly appointed vice president, Omar Suleiman, held talks with a series of opposition groups including members of the Muslim Brotherhood, an opposition group that has been banned in Egypt since 1954. During an interview on ABC, Suleiman said Mubarak could not resign before his term ends later this year.
Omar Suleiman: “We don’t want chaos in our country. If President Mubarak would say that ’I’m leaving now,’ who will take over? In the constitution, that means the speaker will take over. I think, with this atmosphere, that means the other people who have their own agenda will make instability in our country.”
Many of the pro-democracy protesters rejected the talks, saying Mubarak and his colleagues must first leave office before political negotiations can occur.
Mahmoud, Egyptian protester: “We are asking for the change. We don’t want him anymore — him or his colleagues or his government. Imagine, everything is false. Our senators, they succeeded by false, by cheating the people, by police. Why this? We need change. We need to feel free. We need liberty.”