People with "private agendas" are behind current protests in Egypt, said the secretary general of Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party , Safwat al-Sharif, as quoted on the party's website Thursday.
"Some groups are trying to exploit the situation and make unrealistic political demands," al-Sharif said, calling on groups--which he failed to name--to "stay away from the youth.”
Egypt on Tuesday and Wednesday witnessed several demonstrations in Cairo and other governorates. The protests had been called for by the 6 April Movement's Facebook page. Other opposition groups, such as Kefaya and the National Association for Change, followed suit with similar calls. The unrest claimed the lives of four protesters and two security agents.
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Interior accused the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest opposition group, of inserting a number of its activists among protesters to heat up demonstrations. The group denied the accusation.
"Egypt is a state of law, and we need to protect it. More stability means more jobs, investments, and tourism," al-Sharif said.
"President Mubarak represents the interests of the neediest people," al-Sharif claimed, adding that the current government is "working hard to solve people's problems