Cairo begins to resume everyday business

CAIRO - Egyptians turned their efforts over the weekend toward regaining a sense of normalcy after revolution swept aside not only government but the daily routines of life.

Banks were planning to reopen Sunday, although the stock exchange was scheduled to remain closed. The Supreme Military Council, which is running the country until elections can be held, reiterated that workers should go back to their jobs and find ways other than strikes to register their complaints so the economy could start rebuilding.

Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq attempted Saturday to fill cabinet openings but was reportedly rebuffed when he offered the post of minister of culture to a poet, Farouk Guwaida, who works for the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper.

Meanwhile, the commission charged with redrafting six amendments to the constitution so that elections can be held said it would issue a progress report Sunday.

But there were no signs that a long-standing emergency law would be lifted soon. The measure, once invoked, permits a series of repressive measures, and although the government has promised to nullify it soon, Shafiq said Saturday that it was premature to do so too soon after a revolution.

Special correspondent Muhammad Mansour contributed to this report.

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