John Kerry: 'Mubarak must not stand in Egypt elections'

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John Kerry has told the US Senate's Foreign Relations Committee that Egypt's president Hosni Mubarak must not stand for re-election and should help build a "new Egypt".

Thousands of Egyptian protesters are holding huge rallies in Cairo and other cities as they step up their efforts to force President Mubarak from power, following eight days of anti-government protests.

The president reshuffled his cabinet on Monday to try to head off the unrest, but protest leaders, including Mohamed ElBaradei, have called on Mr Mubarak to step down by Friday at the latest.

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