ANKARA Feb 1 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
should listen to the demands of his people, Turkey's Prime
Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, as mass protests
continued in Cairo against Mubarak's rule.
"Listen to people's outcries and extremely humanistic
demands," Erdogan said in a televised address to members of the
ruling AK Party. "Meet the freedom demands of people without a
Erdogan, whose country is often held up as a model for
democracy in Muslim nations, went on to say the solution to
political problems lay in the ballot box. Turkey's diplomatic
clout in the Middle East has risen in the past few years, as its
past friendship with Israel has dwindled.