Egypt's new prime minister has held his first Cabinet meeting, while anti-government demonstrators continue to demand President Hosni Mubarak's immediate resignation.
Ahmed Shafiq summoned the meeting on Monday. The former aviation minister was appointed as prime minister by Mubarak on January 29th.
The Cabinet approved a 15-percent salary increase for civil servants and military personnel, starting in April.
The move suggests Mubarak is trying to solidify his base in order to stay in power until autumn when his term expires.
On Sunday, the government and opposition groups began talks on a political transition.
But thousands of anti-government protestors still occupy Tahrir Square in central Cairo. They are not satisfied with the talks and are calling for another