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Egypt approves 15 percent raise for govt employees

CAIRO (AP) - Public sector employees have been a pillar of support for Egypt's embattled regime despite stagnant pay in recent years. Now, with protesters still occupying Cairo's central square demanding President Hosni Mubarak's (HOHS'-nee moo-BAH'-rahkz) ouster, the government is moving to reward those workers and shore up their support today.
The country's finance minister announcing a 15 percent raise for some 6 million employees.
Thousands of demonstrators have vowed not to move from the heart of downtown Cairo until Mubarak steps down. The government has promised reforms but says the longtime leader should stay in office until September elections.
Crowds in a central Cairo square have been chanting "Down with America." They are disappointed that after President Barack Obama's tough comments last week, the administration has signed on to the idea of a gradual transition led by Egypt's new vice president.


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