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Egypt PM resigns, but protesters vow to stay in Tahrir Square

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“We still need all the people arrested since Jan. 28 to be released, we need to get rid of the Emergency law, state security, and the local governors need to be gone," she said, adding that she would stay until those demands had been met. "Basically, we need to clean up the government.”

Debate over whether to stay in Tahrir

Shafiq’s resignation came after his appearance on a popular satellite television channel Wednesday evening was widely lambasted, and a day before a large protest planned to call for his ouster. It also comes just days after Tunisia's prime minister stepped down following fresh protests for more robust change turned deadly in that North African country, which was the first revolution to ignite the wave of popular revolt across the Arab World.

While the move appeared to be an effort by the Egyptian military to deflate Cairo protests before they swelled again, it is unclear whether Egyptians will take down the tent city in Tahrir square, the epicenter of the revolution, or will stay until their other demands are met.

In the square Thursday afternoon, groups gathered to debate the strategy. Dozens crowded around several men who argued about whether to go home, as some opposition groups have called on them to do. Many who had pitched their tents, such as Ms. Maged, appeared determined to stay.

“I am so happy,” says Abdullah AlFakharany, a protester who has been in Tahrir nearly every day since the movement began Jan. 25. “Finally we changed something. But I think people will not leave Tahrir Square because state security is still there, the Emergency Law is still in effect. There are still things to change.”

Too close to Mubarak

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