On Sunday Islamist Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, a presidential hopeful, slammed the government’s reaction to protests in a number of governorates on Friday.
The former Muslim Brotherhood leader said he watched the Saturday speech by interim Prime Minister Essam Sharaf "with a mixture of rage and astonishment."
Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians staged massive protests on Friday, calling for the faster prosecution of officials from Hosni Mubarak's regime and officers accused of murdering protesters during the 25 January revolution.
In a statement aired on Saturday, the prime minister ordered the suspension of all police officers charged with killing protesters. He also said he decided with the Cairo Appeal Court head to fully dedicate particular judicial circles to trying officials and officers implicated in the killing of protesters, which, he said, should ensure speedier trials.
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