The Egyptian government pledged on Monday to investigate official corruption and electoral fraud, but thousands of protesters remained firmly in their decision to stay in a downtown square in Cairo until the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.
After two weeks of instability, that led to the most populous nation in the Arab world to the brink of anarchy, the crisis seemed to stay in a temporary state of stagnation.
Protesters remain unsatisfied, although the government has agreed to give a series of concessions. Mubarak regime seems confident in his ability to overcome the rioting days and clings to power, with Western support, at least until the September elections.
On Tuesday Justice officials promised to begin question three former ministers and a senior ruling party official about corruption charges on their behalf.
The official Egyptian news agency reported that Mubarak ordered the country’s parliament and the highest court of appeals review decisions of several courts regarding hundreds of lawmakers that were disqualified from the ruling party, irregularities in electoral campaigns and the polls. The alleged violations were ignored by election officials.
The implementation of these judicial decisions against the ruling party lawmakers could cause many to lose their seats and will force the dissolution of the Parliament, thus generating new elections.
On Sunday the new vice president of the country met for the first time with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and other opposition groups, to whom he offered some concessions, such as to ensure freedom of press and to reduce the powers of the police.
The demonstrators in the square of Cairo, however, said they remain dissatisfied.