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US escalates pressure on Egypt

11 Feb 2011 | Power and law
US escalates pressure on Egypt
The embattled government of Egypt had not met even a minimum threshold of reforms demanded by the people of the country, the White House said on Wednesday, warning that massive protests will likely continue until real reforms are instituted. In a sharp escalation of rhetoric with one of its most important allies in the Middle East, Robert Gibbs, president Barack Obama's spokesman, suggested that some Egyptian leaders thought they could wait out the protesters by offering up some concessions and assuming "life will return to normal." "I think that's largely been answered by a greater number of people, representing a greater cross-section of Egyptian society, who have come out seeking their grievances to be addressed," Gibbs told reporters. "And I think those are not likely to dissipate until the government takes some genuine steps." Pro-democracy protests in Egypt have entered their third week. The comments came as the Obama administration sought to keep pressure on Egypt's leaders to change...

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