Egypt's Wafd suspends govt talks over violence

The decades-old party had initially accepted a call by the government for talks after days of protests demanding Mubarak step down.

Egypt's Wafd suspends govt talks over violence

Egypt's liberal opposition Wafd party said on Thursday it had suspended talks with the government after violence in central Cairo it said was backed by the ruling party.

The decades-old party had initially accepted a call by the government for talks after days of protests demanding President Hosni Mubarak step down.

"We had agreed on the principle of getting into a dialogue with the government ... but after the violent attack by National Democratic Party militias on the protesters, we decided to suspend talks as the government failed to keep its promise to protect the protesters," Yassin Tageldin, deputy chairman of Wafd party, said.

"Some of the party board members are heading to Tahrir to join the protesters, including the party's head Sayyid Badawi."

Reuters

Last Mod: 03 Şubat 2011, 15:20
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