Egypt’s Tahrir Square November 18 protest

Hussein Tantawi with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta

Hussein Tantawi with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta

Egypt’s ‘Friday of One Demand’ largest Tahrir protest since July, as Islamists dominate a rally by forces from across Egypt’s political and ideological spectrum demanding a swift transfer of power. Tens of thousands of Egyptians rallied November 18 in Cairo’s Tahrir square. Egyptians are scheduled to go to the polls later this month for the start of elections to choose a new parliament. Tantawi, who served as Mubarak’s defense minister for 20 years, since February 11, 2011, has been simultaneously the Minister of Defense, and Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces,


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