Egypt Independent

Signs indicate a tentative return to normality in Cairo

Life in Cairo started returning to normal on Sunday as police began replacing army forces and employees to return to their workplaces.

Nevertheless, protests continued in Tahrir Square on Sunday for the 13th consecutive day as traffic in the area remained blocked.

The Interior Ministry announced that police would replace army forces deployed since 28 January to protect public and private properties during the recent protests, calling for the departure of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, which swept the country.

The replacement was carried out in the Cairo districts of Mohandessin, Nasr City and Heliopolis.

Banks reopened today for a limited number of hours as clients started withdrawing money. Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has confirmed that clients' deposits are safe.

The CBE announced it will allow individuals to withdraw a maximum of LE50,000 or US$10,000.

The US dollar failed to rise sharply against the Egyptian pound, as some observers had predicted.

The purchasing price of the US dollar has reached LE5.845 and the selling price LE5.875, according to Banque Misr.

Foreign currency reserves at CBE totaled LE36 billion last December.