Protesters reject choice of Mubarak-era prime minister

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) — The tens of thousands of protesters who have gathered again in a square in Cairo, Egypt, are rejecting the choice of a former prime minister to head the next government.

The former leader, Karmal el-Ganzouri, served during the era of the ousted leader Hosni Mubarak. And that prompted one protester to say, "Why did we have a revolution then?"

More than 100,000 people packed into the square today for the biggest demonstration since the current showdown with Egypt's military leaders began. Activists are accusing the generals of trying to extend the old guard, rather than quickly turning over power to a new civilian government.

The protesters are demanding that they step down immediately.

Tensions are rising ahead of parliamentary elections set to begin Monday. The election is to be staggered over multiple stages, ending in March.

The new prime minister says he wouldn't have accepted the job if he believed that the country's military ruler has any intention of staying in power. He also says he won't be able to form a government before the start of the parliamentary elections.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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