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Muslim Brotherhood stand by demands

Muslim Brotherhood stand by demands
Protesters shouts out as they resist being removed by Egyptian army soldiers from Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the popular revolt that drove Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak from power after 30 years of rule, February 13, 2011. Most protesters have left the square after Mubarak stepped down on Friday. UPI | License Photo

CAIRO, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt said it was time for a new Cabinet and new laws in the wake of the resignation of Hosni Mubarak last week.

Mubarak last week resigned as the president of Egypt after about 30 years in power. He assumed the presidency in the wake of the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

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Anti-government protesters during nearly three weeks of peaceful demonstrations called on Mubarak to step down. Opposition leaders are asking for new leaders and new laws in the post Mubarak era.

The Muslim Brotherhood, the main opposition party in Egypt, said it was standing by its demands for a new Cabinet, the end to so-called emergency laws in place for much of Mubarak's tenure and a general pardon for all political prisoners.

"Following the success of the People Revolution and the ousting of the former President Mubarak and his corrupt regime the MB praises all responsible who took part in the stand which opened the door to reform and construction, unity and interdependence, progress and advancement for a brighter future," the group announced in a statement.

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Mubarak fled the Egyptian capital last week for the resort city of Sharm el-Sheik. He is reportedly in ill health. The 82-year-old former president had gall bladder surgery at a German hospital last year.

Military leaders said the country would have elections within six months.

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