|Published:||Feb 07, 2011 2:40 AM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 06, 2011 11:40 PM EST|
CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's vice president is reaching out to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and other opposition groups in an attempt to try to calm an anti-government upheaval.
It's part of Omar Suleiman's new offer of sweeping concessions including press freedom and an eventual end to hated emergency laws that have been in place for decades.
But the youthful protesters filling Cairo's main square say they're not represented and are united in rejecting any form of negotiations until President Hosni Mubarak steps down. The protesters are skeptical the government will keep any promises to reform and say they'll maintain their pressure.
Opening talks with the Muslim Brotherhood is a tacit recognition by the regime of its key role in the ongoing protests as well as their wide popular base.
The Brotherhood is the country's largest opposition group. It aims to create an Islamic state in Egypt and that's a key concern of the U.S. and its ally Israel who fear the group will emerge as the dominant political force in a post-Mubarak Egypt.
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