Hundreds of prominent Egyptians have called for measures to prevent President Hosni Mubarak from running for office again.
About 700 politicians, lawyers, journalists, and intellectuals have signed a petition that aims to end Mr. Mubarak's nearly 24 year tenure as president. The petition calls for a constitutional amendment to introduce multi-candidate elections and set presidential term limits.
The 76-year-old ruler is expected to stand for re-election or appoint a successor when his term ends in October 2005.
The protest group's members range across Egypt's political spectrum, from traditional political opponents to human rights activists to outlawed Muslim groups. They say Mr. Mubarak's one-party rule is an obstacle to reforms and progress in Egypt.
The longtime U.S. ally has recently been under pressure from the west to enact political reforms.