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Cairo protest over speed of reform

Thousands of Egyptians are demonstrating against the pace of reform under the country's military rulers.

The military took over after President Hosni Mubarak resigned in February following a popular revolution.

In Cairo's Tahrir Square, the focus of the anti-Mubarak rallies, one target was the head of the military council, Hussein Tantawi.

He served as Mubarak's defence minister.

One banner read, "Egyptians, come out of your homes, Tantawi is Mubarak."

Protester Khaled Abdel-Hamid said Mr Tantawi's plan to transfer power to civilian rule is unclear.

He and thousands more are also protesting against the trials of civilians in military courts.

It was the first major rally in the square in a month.

Smaller crowds demonstrated in other Egyptian cities.


From Belfast Telegraph