Egyptian political groups said on Sunday they would suspend demonstrations during Ramadan, which starts on Monday, but would resume a campaign for swifter democratic reforms by the ruling army after the Muslim fasting month is over.
Many Egyptians have grown tired of the protests, which have disrupted traffic in city centres. Nerves are often frayed during Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan this year falls during the height of the summer heat.
The groups said they would continue to demand that the army council, which took over after President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February, speed up reforms and the prosecution of former officials who face corruption and murder charges.
The groups' supporters have been camped out in central Cairo's Tahrir Square and other areas around the country since a protest on July 8.
"Several political parties and youth groups have decided to suspend sit-ins temporarily throughout the holy month of Ramadan, assuring a return ... for peaceful sit-in in Tahrir Square for other demands to be achieved," 26 groups said in a joint statement distributed by email.
More than 840 people died in the 18-day protest groundswell that overthrew Mubarak. Police used rubber bullets, live ammunition, tear gas and batons against demonstrators.
Many Egyptians have also criticised the way the head of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces, Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, has handled the transition ahead of what are supposed to be the country's first free and fair elections later this year.
Islamists and more liberal groups have diverged on how hard to press the ruling generals for change. They have also been divided over the constitution, which is to be rewritten after a new parliament is elected.
ReutersGüncelleme Tarihi: 31 Temmuz 2011, 17:59