Egypt panel 'to study constitutional reform'
06-Feb-2011 (one comment)

Egypt's government and opposition have agreed to set up a committee to study constitutional reform, state TV says, after days of protests calling for President Hosni Mubarak to quit.

The move followed talks between new Vice-President Omar Suleiman and key opposition members, including the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

It was the first time the government and the Brotherhood have held talks.

Opposition groups have not yet confirmed the reports.

They want Mr Mubarak to resign immediately. He says to do so would cause chaos and has said instead that he will not stand for re-election in September.

Meanwhile, many banks opened for the first time in a week, with long queues of people forming to withdraw money.

Huge crowds have been on the streets of Cairo and other cities in the past two weeks calling for democratic reforms, and tens of thousands again flocked to the capital's Tahrir Square on Sunday.

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