Egypt latest - Mubarak to new PM: Engage with all political parties
An image from state televsion Al-Masriya shows Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak speaking with his new vice president, Omar Suleiman, in Cairo on Sunday.
January 30th, 2011
04:20 AM ET

Egypt latest - Mubarak to new PM: Engage with all political parties

Read full coverage of the unrest in Egypt updated continually by CNN reporters worldwide. Send your photos and video to iReport and see CNN in Arabic here.

– [Update 2:04 p.m. Cairo, 7:04 a.m. ET] Protesters gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square said Monday that they were organizing a "million man march" around Cairo for Tuesday.

– Demonstrators also told CNN that they are organizing a "million man march" in Alexandria, but cannot confirm when they will start.

Tony Blair, Middle East peace envoy and former British prime minister, told Sky News Monday that the developments in Egypt have "vast implications for the state of Israel, the Palestinians and the state of the peace process." He also said there aren't just two elements - a government that has long been in power and a movement for democracy - in the situation. "There are three elements, because there is also a very strong Islamist movement in Egypt through the Muslim Brotherhood ... I think that the people of Egypt will not elect a Muslim Brotherhood government."

– The Canadian government will begin evacuating its citizens from Egypt as early as Monday using chartered flights bound for Europe, according to the country's foreign affairs minister.

– Following a request from the Thai government, Thai Airways International is preparing for a flight to Cairo to bring back stranded citizens, according to a statement from the company.

– Two flights carrying Israelis from Egypt to Israel landed Monday morning, according to an Israeli foreign ministry spokesman. Another flight was scheduled to land Monday evening.

– State-run Nile TV reported that police forces were scheduled to start deploying and resume their duties throughout Egypt on Monday. Police clashed violently with protesters last week and have been virtually absent from the streets since Saturday.

– [Update 5:28 a.m. Cairo, 10:28 p.m. ET] Egypt's military is urging people to respect a government-ordered curfew so that authorities can more easily capture those accused of looting and destruction in recent days, an unnamed man dressed in a military uniform said early Monday on state-run Nile TV. In the comments, described as the third statement by Egypt's armed forces since the unrest began, the soldier also asked citizens to help detain outlaws as well as the hundreds who have recently escaped from prisons.

– [Update 4:45 a.m. Cairo, 9:45 p.m. ET] In remarks to his newly appointed prime minister, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak recognized the "peaceful demonstrations" in recent days as reputable, while adding that some such gatherings had been "infiltrated" by people whose goal was to "spread fear" in society through hooliganism, looting and other criminal activity, according to a transcript read on state-run Nile TV.

The president also charged the new Cabinet, to be shaped by newly appointed Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, to restore Egyptians' faith in the economy and relieve people's suffering by helping contain prices for basic commodities and combat high unemployment. Mubarak ordered the new government not to touch government subsidies for key goods.

– [Update 4:25 a.m. Cairo, 9:25 p.m. ET] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak urged leaders of his new government Sunday to engage in dialogue with all political parties to help achieve "a democratic civil society," state-run Nile TV reported. He also called on them to restore people's faith in the Egyptian economy and to control unemployment, according to a readout of remarks the embattled president made to his newly appointed prime minister.

– [Update 4:18 a.m. Cairo, 9:18 p.m. ET] CNN's Nic Robertson reports from Alexandria, where gunshots - apparently just warning shots - could be heard as protesters walked the streets after curfew Sunday night.

– [Update 3:33 a.m. Cairo, 8:33 p.m. ET] Addressing the situation in Egypt, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Sunday that "we don't want to interfere, but we demand respect for the leaders." He said that he's talked with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad about the crisis.

– [Update 3:29 a.m. Cairo, 8:29 p.m. ET] About 20 armed police confronted and ended an anti-Mubarak demonstration Sunday by dozens of people in the West Bank, according to the nonprofit group Human Rights Watch. The security forces pushed the demonstrators away from the Egyptian Embassy, the group alleged in a statement.

– [Update 2:52 a.m. Cairo, 7:52 p.m. ET] Ali Regal, a student activist leader in Alexandria, said that the military is working closely with "the masses" - including demonstrators - to coordinate security around the port city. "The army is very helpful and working with us," Regal told CNN's Nic Robertson. "There is a strong cooperation between the masses and the army, that's what I can tell so far."

– [Update 2:10 a.m. Cairo, 7:10 p.m. ET] Shots can be heard in this video of crowds gathered outside a museum in Cairo on Sunday night.

Egyptian army troops fired a half-dozen shots into the air in front of the museum. Sporadic and sometimes intense gunfire was also heard in other parts of Cairo, as well as in downtown Alexandria.

– [Update 12:24 a.m. Monday in Cairo, 5:24 p.m. ET] For Americans trapped in Egypt or for concerned relatives and friends back home, the U.S. State Department has released the following information:

People interested in departing Egypt via U.S. government-chartered transportation should contact the State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Cairo by sending an e-mail to EgyptEmergencyUSC@state.gov or by calling 1-202-501-4444.

You should provide the following information:

– Name, age, place of birth and U.S. passport number and any special medical needs.

– Immediate family members (spouses and children) who are not U.S. citizens must be documented for entry into the safe-haven country and/or U.S., if that is your final destination.

– Travelers are permitted only one piece of luggage per person.

For families concerned that a U.S. citizen in Egypt might require assistance, they should send an e-mail to EgyptEmergencyUSC@state.gov or call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

Get more information at http://egypt.usembassy.gov/ or http://travel.state.gov/

[Update 11:56 p.m. Cairo, 4:56 p.m. ET] Police forces have returned to the streets in all police districts and all parts of Egypt, according to a report late Sunday on state-run Nile TV. The Egyptian army had been deployed to replace police forces that had clashed brutally with demonstrators.

[Update 11:08 p.m. Cairo, 4:08 p.m. ET] With many grocers closing shop and food shipments spotty because of unrest, food in Egypt is in short supply, CNN's Salma Abdelaziz reports. Some Egyptian families are running out of staples such as bread, beans and rice.

[Update 10:38 p.m. Cairo, 3:38 p.m. ET] Heavy machine gun fire could be overheard Sunday night as thousands of protesters demanding the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak marched through downtown Alexandria, CNN's Nic Robertson reported. Army troops were positioned in various parts of the port city, having moved some of their checkpoints over the weekend.

[Update 10:35 p.m. Cairo, 3:35 p.m. ET] A spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron said this about Cameron's conversation Sunday with U.S. President Barack Obama regarding Egypt: "[Cameron and Obama] were united in their view that Egypt now needed a comprehensive process of political reform, with an orderly, Egyptian-led transition to a government that responded to the grievances of the Egyptian people and to their aspirations for a democratic future."

[Update 10:14 p.m. Cairo, 3:14 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama talked about the situation in Egypt during a call Sunday with British Prime Minister David Cameron, according to a White House statement. The previous day, he talked by phone to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi King Abdullah, the White House said Sunday. In those calls, Obama expressed support for "an orderly transition to a government that is responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people," according to the statement.

[Update 9:46 p.m. Cairo, 2:46 p.m. ET] On Monday, a state-imposed curfew will start one hour earlier than Sunday's curfew started, state-run Nile TV reported. The curfew will run from 3 p.m. Monday to 8 a.m. Tuesday (8 a.m. ET Monday to 1 a.m. ET Tuesday).

Sunday's curfew started at 4 p.m. (9 a.m. ET) and will end at 8 a.m. Monday (1 a.m. ET).

[Update 8:18 p.m. Cairo, 1:18 p.m. ET] CNN tape of Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei showed him addressing protesters in Cairo: "I came today to participate today in the lives of Egyptians. Today I look into the eyes of each one of you and everyone is different today," he said. "Today you are an Egyptian demanding your rights and freedom and what we started can never be pushed back. As we said we have one main demand the end of the regime and to start a new phase." Watch ElBaradei address the crowd

[Update 7 p.m. Cairo, Noon ET] ElBaradei has arrived in Cairo's Tahrir Square to address protesters, witnesses said.

[Update 5:15 p.m. Cairo, 10:15 a.m. ET] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has issued a presidential decision today appointing Gen. Gamal Embaba, an army division commander, governor of El Wadi el Jadid, state-run Nile TV reported. Watch live CNN's stream to Nile TV.

The network is also reporting several prison breaks throughout Egypt, but the number of escapees could not be verified.

[Update 4:40 p.m. Cairo, 9:40 a.m. ET] Egyptian troops fired warning shots into the air in Cairo's Tahrir Square as demonstrators defied a curfew order Sunday evening.

[Update 4:30 p.m. Cairo, 9:30 a.m. ET] U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared on CNN's State of the Union. Clinton told CNN's Candy Crowley that the U.S. is neither on Mubarak's side or the protesters' side but that the U.S. is on the side of the Egyptian people. Watch CNN's Sunday morning interview with Clinton. Columnist Mona Eltahawy urges global community support for protesters.

Clinton told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that the U.S. does not have any reports of American citizens killed or injured in the anti-government protests in Egypt. Clinton said the U.S. has no plans to cut off aid to Egypt Sunday on ABC's "The Week."

[Update 4 p.m. Cairo, 9 a.m. ET] Fighter planes flew low over the crowds in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Sunday, 10 minutes before the state-imposed curfew. Some in the crowd began holding prayers despite the planes. CNN's Ivan Watson said the fighter jets "show de force" was "dramatic" and that he could see the plane's cockpit from the ground.

[Update 3:53 p.m. Cairo, 8:53 a.m. ET] Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei on Sunday called for embattled President Hosni Mubarak to "leave today and save the country." Watch ElBaradei on CNN Sunday.
"This is a country that is falling apart," ElBaradei told CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS." Egypt is entering a period of transition, and a government of national unity is needed to fill the void and hold "fair and free" elections, ElBaradei said

– British Foreign Secretary William Hague called on Mubarak to start a democratic "transformation" and a process of "peaceful reform" that would lead to a more open and democratic society. "It is not for us to try to pick who should be the president of Egypt. It is a sovereign nation," Hague told Britain's Sky News - but he said reform would be "preferable to Egypt falling into the hands of extremism."

[Update 3:30 p.m. Cairo, 8:30 a.m. ET] Egypt's defense minister, Gen. Mohamad Tantawi, urged the public Sunday to obey the 4 p.m.-8 a.m. curfew (9 a.m.-1 a.m. ET) Tantawi's statement was carried by state television, and Tantawi was escorted to the network's headquarters by red-helmeted troops in a convoy of sport-utility vehcies. Tantawi is among the Cabinet ministers that embattled President Hosni Mubarak announced he was replacing over the weekend.

In other developments earlier in Cairo on Sunday:

– The U.S. Embassy in Cairo will assist U.S. citizens who want to leave Egypt, said embassy spokeswoman Elizabeth Colton. She said flights will depart from Cairo on Monday. Turkey has already sent two planes to Egypt to begin evacuating its citizens.

– The State Department is urging U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Egypt.

– In Sudan, about 100 protesters at an university in Khartoum changed, "No to high prices, no to corruption" and "Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan together as one." Police forced students back to the university and closed the gates, but students came back out of the gates and threw bricks at officers.

– Al Jazeera "strongly denounces" the closure of its Cairo bureau by the Egyptian government, the news network said in a statement Sunday. Egypt's information ministry announced the shutdown of the Al Jazeera channel in Egypt and the withdrawal of its media license to operate in the country, state-run Nile TV reported Sunday.

– A body was found in front of the country's interior ministry Sunday morning, but there was no police presence nearby. Meanwhile, military tanks and hundreds of protesters were out on Cairo's Tahrir Square. No violence was spotted in that area.

– Vandals ripped off the heads off two mummies and tossed relics onto the ground in Cairo's Egyptian Museum, said Zahi Hawass, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. The vandals were arrested and jailed, Hawass said. The museum has stepped up security and is now guarded by Egypt's army, he said.

– Four people admitted to looting in the Cairo area, according to state-run Nile TV, which aired their confessions.

– People who were trying to protect their property said they are worried about criminal gangs armed with samurai swords, clubs or rifles. Every time a motorcycles drove by, people rushed out to make sure such criminals didn't stop.

– Ahmed Rehab of the Council of American Islamic Relations said police were absent on Cairo streets. "People are walking around with baseball bats and knives," Rehab said early Sunday. "We didn't get any sleep all night."

– In Alexandria, the scene at hospitals was chaotic. The facilities were short-staffed, and injured protesters said they were not being treated quickly enough.

– At least 31 people have been killed in protests in Alexandria, hospital authorities told CNN Saturday. Earlier, the state-run Nile TV earlier reported that at least 38 people died in the country's unrest. It was unclear whether the Alexandria deaths were part of that toll.


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  1. Dan

    Crawbar......You keep using the word LIBERAL Why? You said " Liberals are not inclined to have couteous intellectual discussion" WOW.... Lets look at some FACTS: Under the Republican G.W. Bush administration, if anyone said ANYTHING against BUSH or his REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION, they were labeled ANTI AMERICAN!.. The past REPUBLICANS in Congress voted as a BLOCK against anything from the Obama administration. Thats is not INTELLUCTAL thinking or Behavior. Nor is it CONSTRUCTIVE for the Country.

    January 30, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • crawbar

      Dan, I have some experience of "discussing" in these blogs and that is what my statements are based on. If a disagreement with Bush (and I myself had a number of them) was said by a liberal in some intelligent way, I would not mind it. But it was an animal anger with no restriction in words and hominem attacks, calling him fascist, idiot, etc. It is not a intelligent discussion. And I am not counting on that now. Let me tell you, the intelligent discussion probably cannot happen. There is no intelligent discussion between the intelligence and stupidity. In the discussion between them, the stupidity often wins and it wins in big part because of the methods it is using. So, please, do not ask me any more about why I emphasize the LIBERAL in my posts. Because I like to pay the dues to them. As to you, if you see some substantial points that you want to discuss, I will be glad to do so.
      And I will continue to dismantle LIBERAL views in the most blant and harsh way.

      January 30, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      They say conservatives are stupid and liberals are crazy. (I'm crazy.)

      January 30, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jean

    Why are people expecting Obama to engage Mubarak? If Obama removes Mubarak as Egyptian President, would this same people be willing to let Obama replace Mubarak with any person of his choice as President?

    January 30, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan

      JEAN...President Obama cannot remove a Leader of another country. Countrys around the world can speak to Mubarak and express their opinions of support or no support for HIS leadership. Egypt (THE PEOPLE) will replace Mubarak, it is their country.

      January 30, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. nina

    this is for pat!
    sorry pat, i think u can teach me. i bet u can speak only one language., thats why u are talking.

    January 30, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pat

      That was meant for crawbar, not you. Sorry if it was taken against you.

      January 30, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • nina

      then, i apologize!

      January 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan

    Crawbar.. I speak of facts and not opinions. So anyone who is a LIBERAL is stupid..HMMM

    January 30, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Philip

    @nina....exactly. This revolt in Egypt is being portrayed as a demand for democracy, when it's really a protest over Egypt's ruler being in cahoots with the infidels. Egyptians don't want our fake freedoms. They want their own, and badly.

    January 30, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Kat

    oh now finally our zionist-controlled media tells us about our staunch Muslim allies who, among other services to us, fight terror and help protect it. The media never did before. All we could hear is how Muslims silence against terror.

    January 30, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. teachermrw

    Don't understand how vandalism is warranted or justified by those who claim to want a more democratic society.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • txhumminbird

      The vandalism and looting going on have nothing to do with the protesters. That is being perpetrated by individuals that ALWAYS look for an opportunity to destroy or profit. There are always some.

      January 30, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Research the family histories of Egypt's ruler and our own Preident. You will find that they are blood related, both decending from the same family of Arab-african slave masters. This protest in Egypt is not about their wanting democracy (outlawed by the Koran). It is about their leader being in cahoots with what the Koran calls "the infidels cursed by Allah"They want no part of Allah's cursed enemies, Mubarek being one of them. When a Muslim cooperates with the invading forces, the Koran calls him a "renegade". The Koran commands "But if they[a fellow Muslim] turn Renegade, sieze them and slay them wherever you find them."–Sura 4:89. Mubarek is a renegade, and the Egytian citizens want him out for that reason, and that reason alone.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • crawbar

      Philip, that is a beautiful response.
      However, I would add to that some clarifications. I will try and if I am wrong, I hope you will correct me.
      1. You have angry masses ready for the revolt, they only need an organizing force to start the revolution. In this case it is Muslim Brotherhood.
      2. All the angry masses care about is a chance for a better life. Some ideological agitation and the target for their hate will also find a good breeding ground in them.
      3. The goal of any Islamist group is an absolute power in their own country and then spreading Islam all around the world. And you are right, that is why Mubarak who kept friendships with the Western world is no good for them.

      January 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anonymous

    If you know anyone in Egypt, please pass this on to them. To bypass government blocking of websites, use numerical IP addresses: Twitter ”128.242.240.52” Fb ”69.63.189.34” Google ”172.14.204.99”. A French ISP offers free dial up internet access ~ +33 1 72 89 01 50 Login password: toto. Please pass this on and share.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. WAEL

    Again you need to understand Egyptians are 100% soni Moslems and would never allow persians to interfear in domestic matters nor even take a cent from them for any cause.you need to understand that the prophit Mohamed Pease and blessings uppon him fled those guis and lived and died and were buried in Egypt . Egypt is a no go zone for Iran for ever. You need to know that an Egyptian will buy only one car in his entire life time .we cant import cars Duty alone is 300% and even with a basic salary we cant afford a car assembeld in Egypt. And let me not start on the nepetisim and abuse of power. i need a 1000 pages just to tell you what the avarage Egyptian goes through.Dont forget that Egypt has briliant minds and Obamas Sience Advisor is Egyptian American and carries both nationalities. Egypt is Egypt there is nothing like HER.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mmmmm

      Please stop with the 100% Muslim crap. There is a Christain presence in that region like in Iraq that dates back to the time of Christ and his Apostles. These historic cultures are being anihlated and cleansed from the regions. This is an anomally where one country after another falls only to be overtaken by exreme principles which is now muslim. I see nothing benign about resurrecting an assyrian king, the world will be chastised for its inaction and laxed stance.

      January 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • txhumminbird

      @Mmmmm. The short period of time I spent in Egypt was a revelation. I had never heard of Coptic Christians. I met and spent some time with several Christians while there. The thing that astonished me the most was the tolerance and respect displayed between Muslim and Christian. I saw absolutely no sign of discrimination, much less an effort to eradicate the Christian population in Egypt.

      January 30, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Take your nose out of the flowers and look at Iraq.

      January 30, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. WAEL

    Sorry i ment the prophits Family

    January 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Philip

    "On unbelievers is the curse of Allah"–the Koran, Sura 2:161. The US government is an enemy of Islam according to the Koran, and the Egytian Muslims want nothing more than to end their fake Muslim leader's decades long rulership in cahoots with those cursed by Allah.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. blackbeered

    Nothing but brutal military intervention will save Egypt. If 5 million terrorists have to be eliminated in the process to restore law and order, then it has to be.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • nina

      yeah, ALL the muslim people that u see in the world are terrorists, and by saying 'kill them all' you are not.

      January 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      GTFO Troll

      January 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Shawn

    Its not our job to clean that sandbox up everytime it gets messy.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Enyinwa o Enyinwa

    My heart goes to my brothers in Egypt . They have show that they can and will die for their right. Egypt is for the people and not Mubarak , so he should do what the people say.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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