Britain urges "broad-based" government in Egypt
Britain Tuesday called for a "broad-based, representative government" to be installed in Egypt and described the cabinet reshuffle undertaken by President Hosny Mubarak as "disappointing."
The crisis in Egypt was discussed by the British cabinet Tuesday and had also been a topic at meeting of the National Security Council, attended by Prime Minister David Cameron, a spokesman said, DPA reported.
"We have said that it is important for the Egyptian government to listen to the aspirations of its people. That means a transition to a broad-based government including opposition figures that will produce real political change," Cameron's spokesman said.
"It is clear from yesterday's cabinet appointments that this is not yet happening and we consider that to be disappointing. It is important for President Mubarak to respond to the Egyptian people's call for real, visible and comprehensive change."
The spokesman said that Britain was not seeking to "dictate" who should be in the Egyptian government. However, the leading opposition figure, Mohammed ElBaradei, should be the kind of person whose inclusion should be considered.