Egyptian Google executive arrives at Cairo square
CAIRO (AP) — A protest organizer says a Google Inc. executive who played a key role in starting Egypt’s two-week-old uprising against President Hosni Mubarak has arrived at Cairo’s central Tahrir Square.
The appearance of Wael Ghonim, a 30-year-old marketing manager, comes with tens of thousands of demonstrators massed on the square as the uprising enters its third week. Many said they were there for the first time.
Mostafa al-Naggar told The Associated Press that Ghonim was entering the square Tuesday afternoon but he was unable to give details. Ghonim, who was released from custody, has emerged as a rallying point for protesters who reject a group of traditional Egyptian opposition groups that have been negotiating with the government on their behalf in recent days.
Meanwhile, President Hosni Mubarak has set up a committee to discuss and recommend constitutional changes that would impose term limits and relax eligibility rules for who can run for president.
The moves are the first concrete steps taken by the longtime authoritarian ruler to implement reforms promised during two weeks of mass protests. So far government concessions have fallen short of the demands of protester demands that Mubarak immediately step down.
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