Mohamed ElBaradei, a senior member of Egypt’s opposition, urged supporters to boycott parliamentary elections set to begin in April, while President Mohamed Mursi adjusted the voting schedule after complaints over a clash with Easter for the Coptic Christian minority.
Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi declared a state of emergency and curfew in three provinces wracked by days of unrest that have killed almost 50, and said he was ready to take additional steps to protect the nation.
Small groups of protesters clashed with security forces in Cairo early today, raising the prospect of further bloodshed after 32 people were killed in fighting in Port Said and authorities warned that a state of emergency may be declared in the country.
Egyptian protesters clashed with police throughout the country and into the night, defying a curfew and setting fire to some buildings, in the biggest challenge to President Hosni Mubarak ’s 30-year rule.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak hasn’t met demands for democratic reforms and that the U.S. expects “free and fair elections” to be held in the Mideast nation.