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Islamic chief urges `maximum restraint` in Egypt

Last Updated: Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 22:20

Jeddah: The head of the Organisation
of the Islamic Conference appealed for "maximum restraint" in
Egypt on Sunday as deadly anti-government protests raged for a
sixth day.

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the
world`s largest pan-Islamic body, "has been closely following
with much concern the recent developments in Egypt, (and) has
called for maximum restraint and to spare the lives of the
The Turkish head of the 57-member OIC, which is based
in the Saudi city of Jeddah, also urged Egyptians "to ensure
that all public and private properties are duly protected and

He voiced "full confidence that Egypt ... has the full
capability and ability to overcome the current crisis

The anti-government protests aimed at ousting Egypt`s
longtime President Hosni Mubarak have cost more than 100 lives
since they erupted last Tuesday.


First Published: Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 22:20

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