Egypt to start dialogue with all political parties


Egypt’s Vice President Omar Suleiman says President Hosni Mubarak has asked him to start dialogue with all political forces, including on constitutional and legislative reforms, a key demand voiced by anti-Mubarak protesters.

The constitutional amendments include easing restrictions on those who are eligible to stand in presidential election, Reuters reports.
“The president has asked me today to immediately hold contacts with the political forces to start a dialogue about all raised issues that also involve constitutional and legislative reforms in a form that will result in clear proposed amendments and a specific timetable for its implementation,” Suleiman said in a televised address.

Constitutional amendments are key demands by Egyptian opposition groups and protesters who have staged rallies since last week in Cairo and other cities to press Mubarak to step down after a 30-year rule.