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Nasser Nasser, Associated Press
Egyptian army soldiers carry Zeinab al-Shogery, 58 in a wheelchair as she has an injury in her leg while she leaves a polling station after voting, in Giza, Egypt Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. Voting in election runoffs for Egypt's first parliament since Hosni Mubarak's ouster resumed on Wednesday without the long lines outside polling centers seen in previous rounds of the staggered vote.

CAIRO — Egypt's military-appointed prime minister is calling for a national dialogue to resolve the country's ongoing political crisis and pleads for a two-month calm to restore security.

Kamal el-Ganzouri also told a news conference Thursday that the ruling military, which took over from longtime leader Hosni Mubarak 10 months ago, is eager to relinquish power, but he did not elaborate.

El-Ganzouri, 78, is a Mubarak-era prime minister appointed by the military last month.

His comments coincide with growing calls for the military to step down immediately amid mounting criticism of the generals' handling of the country, their human rights record and failure to revive the economy or restore security.