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Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 02/ 6/2011

Egyptian PM: 'The situation is extremely better' (video)

By Emi Kolawole

Updated 12:51 p.m.:

CNN's Candy Crowley interviewed Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, asking about the current situation in Egypt on the 13th day of protests.

"The situation is extremely better than yesterday," Shafiq said. "I think the ideas [between the government and opposition] are nearer now than before."

Asked whether the government was ordering the arrest of reporters and humanitarian workers, Shafiq said "it's not intended at all, my dear." He went on to insist that any such arrests were being perpetrated by rogue actors, and that such arrests were not ordered by the government.

"I will go directly to check this point," said Shafiq regarding reports that the Egyptian government had arrested a reporter from the Al Jazeera network.

Shafiq insisted that Mubarak would stay until September and that discussions were underway as to whether he could leave before then.

Asked whether the state of emergency had been lifted, Shafiq did not fully understand the question.

By Emi Kolawole  | February 6, 2011; 11:52 AM ET
 
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Comments

Leave it to RWNJ media like Fox & Limbaugh, to whip up fears of extremist Islam takeovers ala the Taliban.

The Egypt uprising is hardly about that. Like the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, Egyptians have seen the modern world with it's freedoms and prosperity, and they want in. These rebellions are positive for global progress, not something to be afraid of.

- Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | February 6, 2011 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Does the spineless Mubarrak appointee believe that Egyptians are so stupid that they are going to fall for his ill conceived dictatorship plan whose boss Mubarrak is still in charge.
If Ahmed Shafiq and Omar Suleiman are really genuine in their approach and willing to accept the voice of popular revolutionary change, isnt it common sense for them to call for an official end of the state of emergency and the immediate release of all political prisonners including those activists that were abducted recently by the state security apparutus that Omar Suleiman has been in charge for more than a decade.
WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE KIDDING? SPLITING DIFFERENT SECTIONS OF THE OPPOSITION, BUYING TIME FOR THE NEXT DICTATOR IS NOT WHAT THE EGYPTIANS ARE REVOLTING FOR.

IF THIS IS YET ANOTHER INSULT TO THE WILL OF EGYPTIANS THE PRICE WILL BE HIGHER FOR YOU AND YOUR ILLEGAL GOVERNMENT THAT EVERYONE WANT TO BE DEPOSED AND FOR AN INTERIM INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY BODY TO TAKE CARE OF THE TRANSITION UNDER THE WATCHFULL EYE OF THE ARMY.

Posted by: 1Nouri | February 6, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

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