Monday, January 31, 2011

"A new government was formed" in Egypt

2:42 p.m.. The six journalists from Al-Jazeera Français were released minutes after their arrest. The United States came to seek their release.
2:32 p.m.. Morocco, will "probably no exception" among the Arab countries after the revolution of Tunisia and events currently shaking power in Egypt, said the cousin of King of Morocco Mohammed VI, Prince Moulay Hicham, nicknamed the "Red Prince" as critical vis-à-vis the Moroccan monarchy and the political system in this country.
14.10. Six journalists from the English channel of Al Jazeera has been arrested in Cairo.
14h07. Benoît Hamon reaffirmed the "total support" of the Socialist Party to the Egyptian people and his "desire for democracy", saying his party "will be involved as much as possible politically to (his) side."
13h50. A new government was formed: First info: Interior Minister Habib el-Adli has been replaced, according to state television.
13:45. Elodie Auffray, our special correspondent in Cairo, Tahrir Square is in the midst of the demonstrators. To listen to here.
1:42 p.m.. Tanks blocking traffic on the bridge on October 6, near Tahrir Square in Cairo.
1:22 p.m.. The French group Lafarge said it temporarily halted production at its cement plant in Egypt with an annual capacity of 10 million tonnes, due to the situation in that country.
12:30. The police, unseen since Friday, starting to reappear. Taalat Hard Place, near Tahrir Square, the protesters surrounded them, shouting their songs and leave. Read the story of our special correspondent, Elodie Auffray.
12 hours. In Cairo, Tahrir Square is crowded. They are several thousand protesters chanted "Mubarak emerges," says our special correspondent Elodie Auffray. The atmosphere is festive. Mix fathers, young, old, women with and without a veil, street children ... The army is also the same positions as in recent days. Cords of protesters formed around the floats. In the crowd, many signs "Game over" and still the Egyptian flag. Oil shortage?
11:33. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) speaks of a "real risk of a shortage" of oil, tensions in Egypt that could affect the strategic crossing of the Suez Canal. But OPEC would be willing to increase production.
11.20. The army, the key to crisis plan. Analysis of our journalist Christophe Ayad, read today in Libération (subscriber access area).
10:50. Mubarak appoints new leader for the intelligence service. To replace the influential Omar Suleiman, Saturday promoted to Vice-President, Hosni Mubarak has appointed Gen. Murad Mowafi, former governor of North Sinai, head of intelligence.
10:45. Egyptians tell of their ras-le-bol of the regime and their joy to see things change.
-> Read the testimonies gathered by our special correspondent, Elodie Auffray.
10 hours. "Do not understand what is at work in Egypt is increasing day by day the number of victims." Read the blog here on "Cries of Egypt," written by a Cairene.
9:05. The rating agency Moody's Investors Service degrades another notch note of Egypt, now reduced to Ba2.
8:30. The protest movement in Egypt on Monday called for a "march of a million" people on Tuesday. "It was decided in the night there will be a march of a million people on Tuesday, told AFP Eid Mohammad, a member of the movement and an organizer. "We also decided to launch a general strike open" as early as Monday, he said. "We will join workers from Suez and begin a general strike until our demands are met," said an organizer, Mohammed Waked.
8.20am. The French group France Telecom also retrieves its expatriates and their families in Egypt, or twenty people. Two other large French companies, Lafarge and Crédit Agricole, said Sunday the repatriation of part of their French employees.
7:00. Israel sent a confidential message to the United States and European countries asking them to support the stability of the Egyptian regime of Hosni Mubarak, Haaretz said Monday (read the article here). In this message, Israeli officials stress the "best interests of the West" and "the entire Middle East to maintain the stability of the regime in Egypt," said newspaper
4:10. The United States prepared to evacuate on Monday thousands of Americans by charter flights, while Saudi Arabia, Libya, Lebanon, India, Japan, Greece, Turkey, Canada, the Iraq and Azerbaijan have already sent planes to repatriate their nationals.
1:00. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has instructed his new prime minister Ahmed Shafik promote democracy through dialogue with the opposition and restore confidence in the economy, in a statement released Sunday by state television. "Above all, I stress the importance of fully and urgently take further measures, lasting for more political reforms, constitutional and legislative through dialogue with all parties," he said.
Sunday 20:20 hrs. During a meeting an hour and a half with the new Prime Minister and attended by the Vice-President Omar Suleiman, Mubarak has set priorities for the new government, starting with "the need to restore calm and stability". First impact: the return of the police announced on Monday following violent clashes with protesters on Friday and two days off the streets. And extend the curfew an hour, so it will start on Monday at 15h instead of 16h.

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