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ElBaradei arrives at Tahrir Square for what could be a key moment

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Tens of thousands of Egyptian protesters defied a curfew for a third day and gathered in the heart of the ancient city of Cairo, decades of humiliation and economic stagnation fueling loud cries of "revolution" and "down, down with Hosni Mubarak!"

President Mubarak, though he replaced his cabinet yesterday and named longtime intelligence chief Omar Suleiman as his vice president, is showing no signs of stepping down. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared on a series of US talk shows this morning in which she urged calm and negotiations to create democratic reform, but stopped well short of calling for Mubarak's ouster.

Now Nobel Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei faces a pivotal moment. Mr. ElBaradei said earlier today he had rallied Egypt's opposition and democracy forces -- from the Muslim Brotherhood to the secular Kifaya democracy movement -- behind him, and called for Mubarak's immediate resignation. The Muslim Brotherhood confirmed it was backing ElBaradei to enter into negotiations to manage a transition.


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