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. Keith

    ElBaradei is another puppet with a different face. He is closely tied to the NWO/George Soros. He is actually sitting on the Board of Trustees of the Zbigniew Brzezinski/George Soros globalist think-tank, the International Crisis Group. Doesn't anyone think it's strange how quickly he stood up to take the lead. You can rest assured that the last thing ElBaradei and his puppet masters are interested in is freedom for the Egyptian people. ElBaradei is no different than Morbarak. Everything is not what it seems. Don't rely on MSM news if you want to know the truth.

    January 30, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. A Romanian

    Please post this message no matter where – where you can.The Egyptians are in need of our help.At least that we can do

    Mubarak LEAVE-YOU ARE KILLING YOUR BROTHER AND SISTERS SONS AND DAUGHTERS YOUR PLACE ITS NEAR YOUR BROTHER CEAUSESCU

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/01/30/egypt.elbaradei/index.html?hpt=C1

    January 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rich In New Jersey

    We are supposed to vacation in Egypt this fall. I'm glad I bought trip insurance

    January 30, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. publius enigma

    Watch your back. Seriously. Mubarak will do anything to keep hold of power.

    January 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      He is sucker who has been tasting power for thirty years and planning to hand over it to his son. watch out this guy! He would do anything to cling on to power. He already started the game

      January 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. EnoughAlready

    I am a muslim but I hate the fact that fenatic islamist group have gained so much power. And those uneducated idiots who think US should support a dictator need to read up on history before opening their mouth. Back in 1953 when Iranian people voted overwhelmingly to replace Shah with a nationalist government, CIA staged the coup in Iran which crushed the nationalsit party. The only opposition left after that was religious opposition lead by that murderer khomaini. and we all know how that turned out (search for operation Ajax you morans). But they didn't learn from that, for the sake of oil they supported dictators in the region (because it's easier to bribe one person and suck peoples blood than have to deal with a democratic goverment who lets it's people decide whats best for them) . Now as these dictators fall one after the other the only well funded groups are religious groups who can organize and eventually prevail. So look into the mirror and tell me if you realy like what you see? lets put the blame where it belongs.

    January 30, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bridgit

    I am sure the US is already lurking. Waiting to enter stage right........ it's none of our business

    January 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. publius enigma

    ElBaradei is a nobel peace prize winner and was elected to 3 terms as director general of the IAEA. The US opposed his being elected to a 3rd term but could not get a single other country to vote against him.

    January 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Roland

    I did notice that I heard nothing broadcast by Al Jazeera from Elbaradei, saying that all restrictions on internet, cel phone and other communications, including Al Jazeera, should be lifted. I would think that would be the first thing to advocate after Mubarak should step down. The voices of the people started this, and it is essential that these voices be restored, to hold Mubarak, Elbaradei, and any other so-called leader responsible.

    January 30, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. txhumminbird

    I urge all American citizens that want justice and freedom to write your elected officials and demand that the US cease supporting dictatorial regimes. You can find them at http://www.congress.org/

    January 30, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • tilmeismoney

      You mean like the civil war we supported in El Salvdore?

      January 30, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tilmeismoney

    The next up rising will be in Saudia Arabia, take your gold and run.

    January 30, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jim Gregware

    If you want to know what's going on in Egypt, barring Fareed's show, you should just watch the english version of Al Jazeera. You forget what real "news" use to be.

    January 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. beata

    I lost contact with somebody who I love very much..he live in Cairo..

    January 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. crawbar

    Islam also stupifies people and Nina is an example of it.

    The world has to fight Islam with the same or even stronger methods than it fights with the world.
    The believers have to rise from the medieval level of this religion and get rid of fatal grip of mullahs. Follow the steps of Christianity, Judaism and probably other peaceful religions. None of them was good at all times. Build civilized societies which will reject violence and terror. Then we will be talking about good Islam.

    As for now, Steve T is right: DEATH to Islam who is killing innocent people all around the world, who is stoning women, who is cuttin off human heads, who wants to impose its rules on the rest of the world.

    January 30, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. David Margulies

    All of us who live with the gift of freedom are, quietly, joyful for the Egyptian people that they, too, may soon be able to experience this most precious state of mind. The anarchy is frightening, the loss of life tragic, the extremes disappointing, but, still, this is the first moment in its history when Egyptians may also proclaim "Let my people go!".

    I just hope that the global community, especially the Islamic community in the Middle East, can understand the relative reticence of the American government. Behind the scenes, this moment of the potential for freedom is largely a product of a vast investment of a generation of American leaders (political and military); no one rejoices more deeply in the imminent prospect of a free and open society in Egypt. However, any show of this can be misconstrued to be American adventurism, and thereby empower fundamentalists for whom freedom is as terrifying as progress.

    So, world, don't doubt for an instant that American sentiment (public and official) is on the side of the people of Egypt. We pray that your transition to self-determination can be as free from bloodshed as possible. And we hope that the Egyptian military can show the wisdom and leadership to usher in a new era of growth, democracy, and safety in Egypt.

    January 30, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. rags

    If it's true that Muslims are continuing to increase the world population in astounding numbers, then it's no wonder there are more Muslims than available jobs. Might they consider birth control? Whoa! Did I say something blasphemous? Then, so be it. When populations get out of control by natures laws, things get more out of control, especially to those that do not adhere to nature's laws.

    January 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
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