CNN Wire Staff
Cairo, Egypt (CNN) - As protesters maintained a human chain at Cairo's Tahrir Square on Monday, many insisting they won't budge until President Hosni Mubarak steps down, the country's new Cabinet met for the first time.
The government also shortened the official curfew time, making it from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. - substantially shorter than it was last week, when the curfew began in midafternoon. In the two weeks of protests, the curfew has not kept crowds from staying in Tahrir Square through the night.
Signs of life returning to normal were spreading Monday, particularly with the reopening of more shops and banks. The Egyptian finance minister said the country will auction as much as 15 billion Egyptian pounds (about $2.5 billion) in treasury bills. A stock market representative said the market will reopen Sunday.
When asked why the country will hold the "imminent" auction during unrest, Radwan said he believes there is an international appetite for the bills because their monetary fundamentals are still strong.
The Central Bank of Egypt typically issues treasury bills every week, but has not done so since January 25 - the day anti-government protests began. The way international investors react to these bills could indicate how international investors gauge the situation in Egypt and whether investor confidence is actually returning.
A Google executive who had been missing since January 28 was relased Monday. Wael Ghonim tweeted, saying the new secretary general of the ruling National Democratic Party, Hosam Badrawy, was behind his release. Ghonim wrote that he "asked him (to) resign cause that's the only way I'll respect him."
The 14th day of protests comes after Egypt's vice president, Omar Suleiman, met with representatives of key opposition groups Sunday and offered concessions - including some that, if enacted, could bring dramatic change to the country.
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