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Thousands Demonstrate for Reform in Egypt


Thousands of Egyptians demonstrated in central Cairo Wednesday to demand democratic reform.

The protest brought together members of the banned Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood and several leftist groups. It was one of the largest and the latest in a series of demonstrations held ahead of Egypt's first multi-candidate presidential elections scheduled for September.

Egyptians approved an amendment to allow more than one presidential candidate earlier this year. But opposition officials say the amendment includes restrictive measures that will prevent a credible challenge to President Hosni Mubarak if he decides to seek another term.

Egypt has banned the Muslim Brotherhood so members of the group will not be able to take part in the election.

Some information for this report provided by AP, Reuters.

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