Large scale protests appear set to continue in Egypt today as demonstrators rejected Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi’s proposals for a relinquishing of power by the army and the takeover of a civilian national leader in June; six months earlier than originally planned. Unwilling to trust in Tantawi’s sincerity and unhappy with suggestions of a plebiscite to decide on the extension of military rule beyond June, protestors have remained on the streets and demanded Tantawi’s immediate resignation before elections take place on Monday. Clashes between protestors, military and police have been violent with a least 37 people confirmed dead so far. The more heavy-handed approach of the police appears to have subsided today but in a battle of wills in which both sides have much to lose it is unclear who will emerge the victor, or if a compromise is yet possible.
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