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Egyptian government sends mixed signals

CAIRO (AP) - One moment, Egypt's government appears to be digging in its heels. The next, it's making conciliatory gestures toward anti-government protesters.

Tens of thousands have returned to downtown Cairo's Tahrir square to call for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak . But in an appearance on state TV, Egypt's prime minister says the protesters have failed to force Mubarak out and stability is returning to the country.

While some are interpreting those comments as a sign that the government believes it can ride out the unrest, the government has also invited protesters to take part in negotiations over constitutional reforms.

State TV is also reporting that the leadership of Egypt's ruling party, including the president's son Gamal Mubarak , has resigned in a gesture toward the protesters.

For their part, organizers say they will not end the demonstrations until President Mubarak goes.

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