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'Why did we have a revolution?' Egyptians pack Tahrir Square again

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A veiled woman waits for Friday prayers in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, on Nov. 25.

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Men perform Friday prayers during a mass rally in Tahrir Square on Nov. 25, as protests continued to demand the end of military rule, capping a week of deadly clashes and political upheaval.

msnbc.com news services report from CAIRO:

 Tens of thousands of Egyptians demanding an end to military rule converged on Cairo's Tahrir Square Friday in what activists say will be the biggest day yet in a week of demonstrations in which 41 people have been killed.

Middle East News Agency via Reuters

Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, right, the head of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), meets with former prime minister Kamal Ganzouri in Cairo in this Nov. 24 handout photograph. Egypt's ruling military council appointed Ganzouri as prime minister "with full powers" on Friday, state television and an army source said.

The ruling army council named Kamal el-Ganzouri, 78, who served as prime minister under Mubarak from 1996 to 1999, to head a national salvation government. Prime Minister Essam Sharaf's cabinet resigned earlier this week amid the protests.

El-Ganzouri said the military has given him greater powers than his predecessor and that military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi has no intention of staying in power.

In a televised new conference, the 78-year-old prime minister looked uncomfortable, grasping for words and repeatedly pausing.

"Illegitimate, illegitimate!" chanted the crowds at Cairo's Tahrir Square on hearing news of el-Ganzouri's appointment late on Thursday.

"Not only was he prime minister under Mubarak, but also part of the old regime for a total of 18 years," said protester Mohammed el-Fayoumi, 29. "Why did we have a revolution then?" Read the full story.

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Pro-reform leader and Nobel peace laureate Mohamed El-Baradei, center, is surrounded by protesters during his arrival for Friday prayers in Tahrir on Nov. 25.

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Protesters embrace two Egyptian Army officers in Tahrir Square on Nov. 25.

 

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