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Egypt born again after Mubarak quits-politician

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 11 Feb 2011 17:41 GMT
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CAIRO, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Politician Ayman Nour, who came second to President Hosni Mubarak in the 2005 presidential election, said on Friday that the nation had been reborn and the army understood its mission to prepare for civilian rule.

"This is the greatest day in the history of Egypt, that will not be repeated. This nation has been born again. These people have been born again, and this is a new Egypt," he told Al Jazeera television after Mubarak ended his 30-year rule.

"We look forward to the transition period which is a period that will take us to a civilian state that will meet our legitimate demands of having a civilian free country," he said adding that the nation would be based on human rights.

"I believe the army is aware of its mission in preserving the situation until we move to the civilian period," said Nour, who came a distant second to Mubarak in the 2005 race, the only multi-candidate presidential election to be held in Egypt. (Writing by Edmund Blair)

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