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Egypt protester killed outside Cabinet building

world Updated: Nov 27, 2011 00:57 IST

An Egyptian demonstrator was killed on Saturday outside the country's Cabinet building, where protesters have camped overnight to prevent the entrance of the country's newly-appointed prime minister, witnesses and a medical official said.

The death came as a wave of protests against military rule was given extra impetus by the Egyptian military's decision on Friday to appoint a prime minister who served under deposed President Hosni Mubarak.

Hundreds gathered outside the Cabinet to prevent Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri from entering to take up his new post, and clashed with security forces who tried to disperse them.

The medical official confirmed that one protester was killed. Videos posted on social networking sites showed protesters rushing to rescue a heavily bleeding man. Witnesses say the protester was killed when a police vehicle ran over him.

Officials say more than 40 people have been killed across the country since November 19, when a small sit-in by protesters was violently broken up by security forces.