The Egyptian government has offered some concessions to protesters which include representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood, the main opposition party. Former Army Intelligence Chief, Omar Suleimain, who is now a powerful part of the government agreed with demands to loosen the Emergency Laws. There was an agreement to form a committee of political and judicial figures who would oversee changes in the constitution and eliminate provisions which make it difficult for someone in the opposition to run for the presidency. There will be an immediate release of “prisoners of conscience of all persuasions” and an end to restrictions on freedom of the press Mohamed ElBaradei, a key leader of those demonstrating expressed concerns. “The process is opaque. Nobody knows who is talking to whom at this stage. It’s managed by Vice President Suleiman. It’s all managed by the military and that is part of the problem.”
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed cautious “welcoming” of talks but apparently is supporting the concept that President Mubarak will retain power until he departs in the fall. US representative, Frank, Wisner argued Mubatak should remain during a transition period. The process for change is in place. But, people must know that it will proceed–quickly.