Egypt gov't, opposition agree to push constitutional reform

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Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman (C) holds talks with representatives of political parties including the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and protesters in Cairo, Egypt, on Feb. 6, 2011. 

Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman Sunday held talks with representatives of political parties including the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and protesters, a step to establish a national dialogue and ease the unrest in Egypt that entered its 13th day.

Government spokesman Magdi Radi said after the meeting that they agreed on "the formation of a committee, which will include the judiciary and a number of political figures, to study and propose constitutional amendments and required legislative amendments, before the first week of March."

Suleiman rejected calls to take over the presidency by opposition leaders during their meeting on Sunday, a Muslim Brotherhood member who took part in the meeting told Xinhua.

"The meeting, which included most but not all of the groups involved in the 13-day protests that called for the oust of the president, agreed that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak should not run for another term after September 2011, ensuring a peaceful transition with free and fair elections," according to a statement.

The statement published after the committee's meeting stressed the importance of correcting the parliamentary elections results based on the court's rulings.

The group said they agreed on the formation of a committee to receive complaints about political prisoners, lifting of restriction and crackdown on media, and lifting of Egypt's most controversial emergency state depending on the security situation in the country.

The committee also agreed that none of the groups wanted any foreign interference in the Egyptian affairs.

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