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In Egypt, some see a glimmer of change

Conducting his first news conference, Egypt’s new tourism minister tried to duck a question about whether political reform here should include sweeping changes like direct presidential elections. Before Washington started talking about political reform in the Middle East, even raising the topic of such elections was considered taboo because it implied criticism of the aging president, Hosni Mubarak, for clinging to the job for 23 years and showing no signs of bowing out gracefully. Full Story

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