Egypt's Mubarak opens door to talks with rival political parties
January 31st, 2011
02:37 PM ET

Egypt's Mubarak opens door to talks with rival political parties

After 30 years of mostly unchallenged rule, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak opened the door Sunday to talks with rival political parties while calling out those who, he claimed, used religion to "spread fear" through rampant hooliganism.

He called on new government leaders to "stop all the violence by whoever commits it," while appearing to criticize the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's largest opposition party.

"The citizens and the young people of Egypt have gone out to the streets in peaceful demonstration asking for their right for the freedom of speech," Mubarak said. "However, their demonstrations have been infiltrated by a group of people who use the name of religion who don't take into consideration the constitution rights and citizenship values."

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  1. David Johnson

    I just don't want to pay more at the pump...

    January 31, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • Anglican

      I traded in a piece of crap Jag for a Prius last year. Everyone in my family made fun of me. I get about fifty miles a gallon. I agree, we do not need seven bucks a gallon at the pump.

      January 31, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
    • Muneef


      That is still expensive , actually we consider it expensive over here although we pay only $7/- per 20 liters which said to be equivalent to 5.2834 US Gallons...the price was raised last month from $6.54 but if a price of normal petrol and not super...

      January 31, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
    • Anglican

      Muneef. i understand. When I was a little boy, I remember gasoline was thirty cents a gallon. I wish "the powers" were gone and we could all have a greener life.

      January 31, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
    • Muneef

      Every time advanced things become worse than the time before it...every time we say time will improve,we see it going to the worse...some time ago every time you bought some thing you felt it was genuine and it can serve for many years but today every time you buy some thing you feel it is just junk for serving short limited time.

      January 31, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      The price of gas does need to go higher for at least two reasons:

      – it's the about the only thing that will cause investment in alternatives and cause people to consume less and

      – Canada is sitting on top of one of the largerst oil reserves in the world. Call it "dirty oil" if you like, but the greater the demand for gas (and oil in general of course), the more the tarsands are worth, and the better it is for the Canadian oil industry and *my* retirement funds!

      Yes, I have opposing views on the price of gas... :^))

      January 31, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
    • Muneef

      HotAirAce .
      Wow you seem to be a Texasican Sheikh with crud oil wales...? Or a share holder in largest group of Gas stations? Well may God give you more but keep prices steady for the needy otherwise you will find your people coming up as the Tunisian and Egyption...populations did.

      February 1, 2011 at 9:41 am |
  2. BigGayMiles

    With the wolf howling at his doorstep, now he opens the door to rival parties? Too little, too late.

    January 31, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • Steve the real one

      Another statement I can agree with!

      January 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  3. Muneef

    They say man's enemies are Five:
    An infidel confronting him.
    A Satan misguiding him astray.
    A hypocrite despising him.
    A believer that envy's him.
    A soul conflicting him.
    May God protect and assist us on those five with which man can not find """"Peace on Earth nor Spray Love Around"""""

    January 31, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  4. Reality

    Term limits are necessary for any democracy. Hopefully, the new Egyptian const-itution includes such limits. Another essential item for this consti-tution will be a separation of state and religion clause. One Iran is one too many!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Steve the real one

      While I would agree with you especially on the 2nd half of your post, we are looking at this with western eyes! I short that would happen! I would think there are aggitators on the ground in Eygpt right now who are willing to die to ensure it becomes another Iran!

      January 31, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
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