Iraq premier calls for democracy in Egypt
Iraq has vowed support for millions of Egyptian protesters, who are calling for President Hosni Mubarak's resignation, saying that ruling a country for three decades is undemocratic, Press TV reported.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said on Saturday, "I wish the Egyptian people to achieve democracy and partnership," AFP reported.
"The people have the right to express what they want without being persecuted or prevented from their right to express themselves," Maliki added.
He also denounced long-term leadership as a 'lack of democracy' and considered it 'difficult and intolerable' for people in the absence of change.
Maliki advised the Egyptian officials "not to consider changes, a defeat when you give an opportunity to others and give your positions -- your country needs this development."
The 82-year-old president's unpopular ruling structure faced the 12th consecutive day of rallies on Saturday.
The United Nations has estimated that more than 300 people had been killed since the first day of unrests -- determinedly confronted by the security forces and plainclothes police.
Millions of demonstrators gathered in the capital of Cairo's Liberation Square on Friday, to observe the 'Day of Departure' for the ruler. The protest action continued into the night, despite an imposed curfew.