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White House Continues to Publicly Pressure Egyptian Government

Photo Courtesy - The White House(WASHINGTON) -- Vice President Biden spoke with his Egyptian counterpart, Omar Suleiman, Tuesday and pushed a detailed list of steps to be taken by the Egyptian government, including making a legal pledge of no reprisals against demonstrators, revoking the law permitting the repressive Emergency Law, and including more opposition leaders in the planning for the future of the nation.

The White House took its uncharacteristically detailed read-out of Biden’s call with Suleiman an unusual step further Tuesday by not only detailing many steps the U.S. government would like see Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Suleiman take, but also by publicly stating the Egyptian government had agreed to make those changes.

For years the U.S. has been pressing the Egyptians to rescind the 1967 Emergency Law, which gives broad powers to Mubarak and his government that they have used to essentially do whatever they want in the name of security regardless of civil liberties or constitutional protections. Mubarak has been dragging his feet, saying his government first needs to have a counterterrorism law written to take its place.

On Tuesday, Vice President Biden pushed Suleiman to “immediately” rescind the law, according to a White House statement.

The Obama administration has been trying to thread the needle by pushing for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to depart soon, but not too soon as the country descends into further chaos. Tuesday, White House secretary Robert Gibbs suggested that there was a greater risk of chaos if the Mubarak-Suleiman government proceeds too slowly.

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