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 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 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.

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- [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. frankwright

    Is there really any chance for true democracy and civil and intellectual freedom in Egypt?

    Strangely enough, Mubarak’s dictatorship may be far preferable to a violent fundamentalist Muslim regime that may well move into the vacuum in the form of, say, the Muslim Brotherhood.

    The sight of masses of protesters kneeling in Islamic prayer and then rising to shout Allahu Akhbar (god is great) brings back horrific memories of another revolution in Iran some 33 years ago that ushered in the barbaric Islamic theocracy of the Ayatollahs.

    Westerners and enlightened Egyptians alike may be easily lured into the wishful thinking that this is a movement to true freedom and democracy; if only there was any real chance of that being so.

    January 30, 2011 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |

      Only a complete idiot or a right-wing fanatic would defend this cursed Mubarak now. Of course the right-wing thugs in Washington are running scared now because they might lose control of that part of the world and that they do not want!!!

      January 30, 2011 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
    • frankwright

      RUFFNUTT, if Mubarak were replaced by something like the Taliban who, when in power, destroyed the countries priceless ancient archeological treasures that would be disastrous. Even worse, and more likely, would be his being replaced by a murderous fundamentalist Muslim regime as in Iran where they execute and torture for non-violent victimless crime (like cross dressing and bad mouthing Muhammad) and aid and abet world wide terror groups, like the Hamas, Iraqi insurgents and Hezbollah...

      January 30, 2011 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
    • wayne w

      One has to wonder if these prison breaks aren't instigated by the Iranians or some other outside group.

      January 30, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • csr

      The prison breaks were not "breaks" The police were withdrawn by minister which allowed them to go free The criminals are then free to do their thing causing more disruption of the protests

      January 30, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • csr

      Police were withdrawn from museums and banks City council buildings were burned down Police participating in looting in some areas

      January 30, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • polo

      Here it comes again. People trying to justify dictarorship in favor of a false sense of security. We as americans are Ok with dictators as long as they are on our side. We don't care about true democracy but what's best for us.
      Mubarak is a pro-west pro-israel authoritarian thug. For a change to exist is necessary that people elect their leader even if later it's not of their liking. That's when they either re-elect the same person or have anotherone in charge.

      January 30, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • moi

      The chances of the fundamentalists to get power in Egypt are just as good as those of Pat Robertson in the USA. The Egyptians wants democracy like the USA, France,Canada, Mexico, Spain and Germany have. They have no interest in replacing a dictator with another one.

      January 30, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Muslim Brotherhood is not a barbaric party. This is the party would change the whole world because the west are afraid with the rise of True Islamic country that will shake the CAPITALIST. The democracy state is started by muslim through shura(PARLIMEN) according to Al-quran and sunnah(Sunni), because the created us with a manual instruction (Al-Quran) Mr Frankwright please read and study the quran the after that you can see why the muslim country want to be true islamic country

      January 30, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Vincent Lore

      @frankwright It is this type of thinking that has the United States in this position in the first place. The more we delay demanding Mubarak's immediate resignation, the more credible the Islamists become. As it stands now, the Egyptian people do not blame or hate America, but that will certainly change if we continue as we are. The Egyptians noticed that Obama never once mentioned the word "democracy" in his address to the nation shortly after Mubaraks speech. It sickens and shames me as an American citizen.

      January 30, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • crawbar

      Only a complete idiot which most of the liberals are does not ask himself a question what will be after Mubarak goes.
      Only a complete idiot cannot see the the whole ME eruption of protests and violence was orchestrated by the Iran islamists.
      Only a complete idiot is not afraid of Egypt becoming the next Islamist regime in ME. Only a complete idiot feels angered only by the USA and considers interests of USA being not his interests. Its like a pig gnawing the roots of the tree that feeds him.
      Only a complete idiot, or ok, I will call him now a radical liberal instead, it is actually synonyms, does not see that the whole string of protests was instigated by Muslim Brotherhood which is the biggest potential force to grab the power, there are just no other forces there. It is the same movement whose fraction killed Sadat and which was involved in many other killings.
      Only a complete idiot does not understand that this "revolution" will not make the life of people of Egypt better, only worse.
      Islamic Muslim Brotherhood acts in accordance with the tactics of all other "revolustionary" movements – use the crisis in the nation's life to grab the power and direct the anger of masses to your benefits. Exactly as Alinsky taught them.

      Only a complete idiot cannot see all of this.

      January 30, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • will

      This is a populous, secular movement. It is not religiously motivated. I question exactly how familiar you are with the region and its internal politics. There are some very ill conceived views which are distorted and played on by our usually false and overgeneralized eurocentric perspective. If the dictator steps down a new government would more than likely be less sympathetic to US foreign strategy but in Egypt do not fool yourself, we are not talking theocracy. That too would undermine the liberties and economic change the populous wants. I'm pretty sure you have a very specific illustration in your head of the situation on the ground and I can tell you with some certainty that it is misguided. Our foreign aid has empowered this bad regime. It's time we move ahead with a free, democratic Egypt and develop real relationships and employ real diplomacy with a legitimate Egyptian government that governs with the will and consensus of the people. We deserve it, they deserve it, everyone deserves it.

      January 30, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • will

      Or I can go your rout and say:
      Derp derp only an idiot knows how to read da book, shuckamuck! You are clearly a highly educated specialist on the matter. Yes, extremist Taliban are going to take over. Iran is behind it. Draw the lines on your Fischer Price chalkboard you paranoid, fearbot hillbilly.

      January 30, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • WAEL

      there is no need for concern . peole pray all the time and just becouse the pray does not mean any thing diffrent than a christian painting a cross on the chest befor engaging in any activity, even scoring a goal in a football mach whi is exactly what we do. Remember that there are fnatic christians in the world too even in the USA but i dont worry when i see them going to cherch or praying. your aproach chould be the same.Fear is the true enemy.Egyptians dont want any theocratic regime and all we want are the exact same things you like a ferari(:

      January 30, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freedom Watcher

      It is very obvious this is not a religious revolt. This is about Freedom. Let's hope the youth of Iran are watching closely and they have the courage to follow in the foot steps of the youth of Egypt.

      January 30, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • kazmoplast5

      Enough of this vacuous “we urge restraint” crap, it is time to support the movement – it is time for President Obama. How often have we, Americans, stilted up autocratic rulers? How often have we reneged on our own principles? We must oblige.

      I like to think of the protests as a reddening – fiery – sea, ready to burst out of its own holdings. It will burst out, the energy is there. The support is found, albeit loosely, in the lower ranks of the Egyptian army – from the people on the ground.

      What else is needed? An integral part, may be, the world. Let’s face it, we’re globalizing...

      January 30, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • arthurr

      as long a iislam rues egypt, it will be a toilet.

      January 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • nida10

      It is not up to you to decide what is best for Egypt. It is the business of the egyptian people.

      January 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Well that's it for the president of Egypt. He will be on a flight to UAE soon will all the county's money.. 1.3 billion per year to be exact for the last 20 years. Thanks!

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

      To Western eyes, the sight of rows of kneeling men in prayer may well signal islamism if you don't know the customs of the country or its religion. Many Egyptians are profoundly religious. That's how muslims pray on Friday and that's how they've done it over there long before Islamism and all sorts of other ism's appeared. It does not have to be in a mosque just as long as it is together with others. That makes them muslims, not islamists. A huge difference. That some islamists mix with the crowds is undeniable, but to say all are fanatics would be the same as saying all white churchgoers in Alabama are kluxers... Make no mistake about it, these are people finally voicing their anger for being kicked around for more than thirty years. They come from all parts of society. The best would be for Mubarak to set up an interim government, pack and go before the real fanatics take advantage of the chaos.

      January 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • BillyBatts

      Why don't you worry about your own country wherever it is and not get into the affairs of the Muslim countries. Your tea-party input is unneeded and unwelcome .

      January 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • michaelfury

      January 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • kromba

      If you want to know about Mubarak ask an Egyptian, Egypt is full of moderate Like Elbaradei (unless you consider him one of extremist) and new generation is on the streets that do not want Mubarak and also do not want the extremist. Mubarak is a real Dictator( I want to wait and see what Biden will call him after Mubarak's departure soon). the 82 yr old Mubarak is in power for 30 yrs, never picked a vice president,lead to the counrty to currption, consistent violater of human rights- people are tortured in police station and exit in coffins, somtimes without allowing family to see the body as a cover up. he never conducted a fair election. Now all the world want to keep Mubark a president for life (or two if possible) and steel the hope for democracy from the Egyptians just because they do not want extremist. what good reason. Think before you write!.

      January 30, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • kromba

      Mubarak withdrow his police and left the country now in chaos, a lot of looting, flams in some building. BUT no single incident of looting or buring to any church or mousqe. does this mean anything to you? well. there is no such thing as christian and muslims in egypts. corrupt governments try to divide between them so that they can keep people in order even with the emergency low in place. Time for Mubarak to step down and allow democracy and fair election.

      January 30, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • truther

      CNN why are you not reporting that the police force that has withdrawn are the looters. Goal to discredit the protests and draw people back to their homes.
      Watch Canadian news and hear former diplomats explain this.

      January 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |

      I PITY THE FOOL that clones me...

      January 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • aaustin

      First and foremost, not all Muslims are "terrorists", and the religion itself is not inherently violent. It's within the interpretation of the Koran where the fundamentalists draw their views from. Many Muslims do not believe in the same things as the extreme fundamentalists do. I feel it's important to mention that, as after 9/11, the word "Muslim" has been synonymous with "evil" in most American's vocabulary. Secondly, since Egypt is predominantly Muslim, who do you suggest should be the next leader of the country? Odds are great that whoever it is will be Muslim, and no, that is not a bad thing. The Egyptian people are demanding a democracy. Under a democracy, it would be hard for the fundamentalists to rise to power as the 2nd fact I presented to you about Muslims states that the fundamentalists are actually in the minority. Given that fact, the only real way the fundamentalists would gain a strong foothold would be another dictatorship.

      As an American, I support the people of Egypt. I hope they get the freedoms they not only demand but rightfully deserve. The United States has gone through many periods of change and we have come out the other side of those times as a stronger nation. Not only do the Egyptian people know what they want, they are demanding it. They have a strong foothold and while change isn't easy, I hope, for not only Egypt, but the world, Egypt gets it's democracy and becomes both a stronger and better nation after this is all said and done. It's foolish of us (or any nation, for that matter) to support a dictator who has obviously lost his respect from his "own" people. The people have spoken and there is no realistic way to turn back now. If they try, it will likely only get worse and end in violence.

      January 30, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. malkawi

    This is true revolution against oppression. Muslim Brotherhood is moderate and part of Egyptian opposition groups. It is time to quit the fear tactics and Isalmophobia

    January 30, 2011 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
    • frankwright

      Muslim Brotherhood moderate??! They killed a prime minister and a president in Egypt, they advocate suicide bombing attacks, their branches, like the Hamas, are known terror groups, and they have been connected with al-Qaeda and neo nazi groups. Well maybe compared to other even more extreme fundamentalist Muslim groups they are moderate!

      January 30, 2011 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Slinkiwi

      Ask the Copts if the Muslim brotherhood are moderate. I don't think you would get a positive response.
      In fact as a member of the Coptic community I know you wouldnt. They are an insidious group waiting in the wings for the right moment to move.
      The Taliban no. Far more clever than that rabble.

      January 30, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • phillipmichael

      does anyone remember it was the moslem brotherhood that assassinated anwar sadat?

      January 30, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • frostback

      The real powers in the transition government will start out operating in the background, with a 'front' of moderate faces. The true face will be revealed when Egypt tears up the peace treaty with Israel, a key aim of the Muslim Brotherhood.
      We've just seen the church bombing in Alexandria. That Islamist face will be confirmed when the Copts, some of whom are among the richest families in Egypt, undergo increased persecution. Expect a lot of refugees. A final thing to watch will be the country's antiquities. Vandals had already defaced some of the sites which are more difficult to protect, like several of the boundary steles carved around the ancient city of Akhetaten, which we know as Tell el-Amarna. We can expect more of the same, perhaps with some of the items being held up for ransom. After all, no Islamist wants to be reminded that they live in a country which was once a respected world leader.

      When all of these things come to pass, then that terrible Mubarak is going to look a lot better...but it'll be too late.

      January 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ahmad

    that is this very true joke which has been circulating for the past couple of years:
    The ailing president is lying in bed and hearing sounds of the masses close to his palace. He asks: what do the want? Answer: They are coming to bid you farewell Mr president! President: Farewell?!! Why? Where are THEY going?

    January 30, 2011 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ahmed from Egypt

    Guys, as an Egyptian would like to assure you, that the Muslim Brotherhood support in Egypt is largely just an anti government movement – my enemy’s enemy is my friend!
    Please do not link the prayers to the Muslim Brotherhood; this is generally the case in Egyptian demonstrations or celebrations some wise guy will come up and say lets pray and people will just pray together to show solidarity! My Christian friends used to pray with us in previous demonstrations!

    January 30, 2011 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
    • frankwright

      Well, I hope you're right; the Muslim Brotherhood is one horrific group to have befriend.
      Seems those pressing for true democracy would be FAR better off shouting it very clearly that they are in no way connected with fundamentalist Pan Islamic aspirations of establishing an Islamic theocracy in Egypt.

      January 30, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Ahmed from Egypt

      It won’t happen. 10% of us are Christians – generally Egyptians are moderates. If you are monitoring closely the situation here, may be you have noticed that Egyptian versions of Christianity and Islam are unique and different than countries surrounding us in the Arab region, as a result of long history of peaceful living between different religions, even before Christianity and Islam (for example the ancient Egyptian religions and the Greek ones)
      In the past few decades, due to the economic reasons many Egyptians travelled to earn their living in Saudi due to the oil boom there. They returned with Saudi fundamental ideas and started slowly spreading these ideas in the Egyptian society.
      Un educated people have linked these fundamental ideas with well-being, and you cant blame them. They are seeing that the people believing in these ideas are getting up the societal ladder and getting rich!

      January 30, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Omari George

    Bible is the answer to the northren parts of Africa but nothing else.

    January 30, 2011 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Was'nt Christianity that created all ths mess in the middle east? startng with the crusades and ending with occupation after ww1 that lasted to these days? is'nt the dictators that are controlling the middle east are supported by western powers (chrstians) to oppress their people and to calm western fear of Islam?
      People of Noth Africa and ME need democracy and jobs, they need freedoms and free elections.

      January 30, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ysidero

      Oh, please. Have some respect for other people's sincerely held religious beliefs and stop promoting your own. Most Muslims (and Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, etc) have no wish to inflict violence upon others. Live and let live, I say, and when your day comes to depart this earth you will discover you weren't really right after all.

      January 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pat

    This is so much like the People Power Revolution in the Philippines back in the 80's. The U.S. supported a dictator because he was friendly to the U.S. The government supported Marcos just like they are supporting Mubarak. Eventually they had to support the people. I hope it doesn't take long for our government to support true freedom and democracy.

    January 30, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
    • frankwright

      In the Philippines there was not a horrific presence of radical Islam so the situation is VERY different...

      January 30, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      You haven't heard of Abu Sayyaf? They were around back then too!

      January 30, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Very well stated,Pat. This frankwright is apperently either another uneducated lemming or some kind of clown! I don't know which.

      January 30, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Ric62

      Your Government needs to sit down and shut up, and leave the the many countries they're involved in to sort out their own affairs.

      January 30, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • frankwright

      Pat, you can't be serious. Yes, Abu Sayyaf was monstrous and certainly wanted to make the Philippines fundamentalist Muslim, like, say, Iran, but at no time did he – even together with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front – actually present even a remotely realistic threat to take control of the country. All together those Islamic radicals numbered in the HUNDREDS in an overwhelmingly Christian country that numbers around 90 MILLION.
      Egypt on the other hand IS overwhelmingly MUSLIM and there are significant numbers there who DO support radical Islam. That is a drastically different situation.

      January 30, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • frankwright

      Oh, and Pat (and Daniel), if there was any substantive threat in the Philippines then, it would have been the communists who were far more substantial than the Muslim terrorists. But, again, that was vastly different than the situation in primarily Muslim Egypt and its powerful extremists like the Muslim Brotherhood.

      January 30, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      The NPA (communists) have no backing. A.S. has Indonesia at it's back and has control of several islands in the south of the Philippines. If Aquino had been as weak as she looked (which she wasn't, she was quite strong) there would not be an autonomous region of the Philippines, there would be a separate country.
      If the people of Egypt want a democracy and they want a strictly Muslim based legal system, that is their right. We can't be for democracy only if they pick the guy we want.

      January 30, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • frankwright

      Pat, yes, it is their right to vote in Muslim Shariah law, but then these illusions about civil and intellectual freedom – as well as democracy – are just that, illusions. Once Shariah law is enacted democracy ceases and the rights of minorities are very often downtrodden (Islam actually means SUBMISSION). Non – Muslims that are monotheistic are deemed Dhimis, tolerated but charged higher taxes and given limited rights, while those who are not are severely persecuted – and those who denounce Islam can be executed.
      Furthermore, that radical Islam is Pan Islamic and would significantly strengthen the radical Muslim terrorists who already mass murder everywhere from London and Bali to Madrid, Tel Aviv, Uganda, Luxor, Amman, Stockholm, NYC and, yes, the Philippines...

      January 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Roger

    CNN, can you get us any reports from inside Yemen or Jordan? Why no reports from there?

    January 30, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Summer

      Roger, as much as i love what you said. I think they wont cover both countries until Egypt's coverage will steam down. If you wish to look on whats going on in Yemen as of now. There is this website ( English Newspaper ) that you can go and check. Its called ' '. There has been a few coverages a few days ago in yemen By A Well Known News station called ' Al-Jazeera '. Here's A Link:
      – I really dont here much in jordan. Just small protests.

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

    BBC Reporter in Egypt: When the lunch plate comes at my hotel, there is no butter!

    Around 11am on the 30th of January 2011, and after five hectic and shocking days of the Egyptian revolution against Mubarak’s oppressive regime, the BBC reporter in Sharm ElSheikh tells the central office in London, live on BBC News that the situation is dire in Sharm Elsheikh as their movement is limited and the conditions are unbearable. The BBC reporter gives his London colleague an example of how bad the situation is: “At the hotel”, he says, “When the lunch plate comes, there is no butter”. A moment of uncomfortable silence dominates the screen after this hilariously inappropriate remark. The reporter picks himself up and tries to make his words less idiotic by saying: “I know it’s a small price to pay at the time of an international crisis”!!! Small price to pay???!!!! Has he seen or heard of the dead bodies in the streets and the morgues? Has he learnt anything about the past 30 years of poverty and oppression in Egypt? Is this how low the standards of our BBC reporters are now? May be the recent British austerity measures to cut down the funding of the BBC World Service is not such a bad idea after all!

    January 30, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. martin


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    • frostback

      Another great achievement of the corn-ethanol lobby!

      January 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. edith

    They are disrupting the whole world. Thet need to stop this ratical behavior. This behavior is only making things worst.

    January 30, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Slinkiwi

      Im sure the Egyptian people are really upset that their need for freedom from oppression, abject poverty and fear, is annoying you. I'm sure they would stop immediately if they had an inkling of you discomfort memsahib.

      January 30, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      edith,will you kindly stop trying to make a joke out of this? Your warped sense of humor has no place here. The Egyptian people are suffering and you blog in your ignorance decrying your discomfort? Have you no shame???

      January 30, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • ykaj

      Edith, you need to respect other people's right to fight for their democracy. You need to understand where they are coming from...30 years of ruling the country and every single becomes worse..if you have kids, in Egypt...many are jobless...if you are jobless, how can you feed them when the economy's getting worse? I just hope that most of them reads this...they need to stop damaging infrastructures and damaging properties...Because when the new government starts to lead the people...there will be no funds to use and it will add up to the damages...It happened to us here in the Phils. and the Former President Aquino and her Government started from scratch...from nothing...In Egypt, Muslims and Christians go hand in hand...they work are close to killing each sad...

      January 30, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Summer

      Edith, I really don't think your getting it in your head. You have no right to say things like that. This is history in the MAKING. This country has been under dictatorship for 30 years. Thats no joke. At all. These people live barely. I mean, think about it this way. 80 Million people && Most don't even have jobs. The people are tired. After a while people explode & this is the outcome. Right now, Their president is literally shaking. He even sent his Wife & Son to Britain 2 days ago. 30 Years of having a dictator in a country that STOLE people's money, future, jobs. He gets Billions from the United States. Where does it go? In his pocket. I swear on my life, if that ever happened to United States all of a sudden. This land will be on rage. Right now its ' Actions Speak Louder Than Words '.

      January 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • txhumminbird

      ?????!!!!! I'm speechless!!!!!?????

      January 30, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Sad little troll. Get a life, edith baybee

      January 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JFJ

    Mubark must be negoatinting his safe exit. His era is over, and respectable democraices around the world must lend support to the people of Egypt.

    January 30, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Let's just hope that you're right,JFJ. I just hope that this cursed Mubarak doesn't get to ride this out and stay in power!!!

      January 30, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. steve adorno

    To the People of Egypt,
    i am praying for all the people of egypt in this time of crisis.
    i am an American living in new york city and want to say the American people stand by the Egyptian people in their quest for freedom. My heart filled with joy to see video of all the people surrounding the Cairo Museum to protect the Treasures of Egypt from harm.
    May Allah protect all the Brave People of Egypt.
    steve Adorno
    Bronx NY

    January 30, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • mark from

      Not all Americans stand by them, speak for yourself

      January 30, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      In solidarity with the people of Egypt!

      January 30, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. mark from

    Coming to America soon if our government does not start to listen, never thought I would write that

    January 30, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • jim

      I just hope when it happens here that the void is not filled with religious fundamentalists.

      January 30, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Brokenengine

      @Jim: your country has been in the throes of religious fundamentalism since...(checks his watch)...ah, yes, 1492

      January 30, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. mark from

    As I sat back and heard our Presidents speech last night I was really taken back by what he had to say. He came across as sincere, honest and forthright to me. Just about everything he said I agreed with, the anger, name calling, killings just made sense to me.
    I took a good hard look at that this morning, as I was reading the comments on WCCO, Fox, Star and Tribune, CNN, and KSTP. I looked at what people were writing and what I have written in the past. I was not that person who I thought I was, I was also writing the name calling and we are better than you crap just as I saw from the others.
    I went to my email and it was full of the same kind of hate and disgust for my fellow Americans. My first email was from the American Tea Party asking me to call Michelle Bachmann and tell her she does not speak for the Tea Party? I sent them an email back to take me off their list. My second was from the Minnesota GOP telling me how wrong and evil President Obama is. My third was from the Minnesota DFL telling me to support our President on all fronts, and not the Minnesota GOP. I also sent them emails to take me off their lists.
    Yes we need to watch where our money goes, and cut back on the spending. I think all parties would agree to that, but this hatred for each other has to stop.
    If there is one wonderful thing that I got out of the Presidents speech last night it was we need to come together. We need to some how come together and work this out, or we will fail as America, not Americans but America. Our great country will go down in the history books as not the Great Society, but as the Worst Society.
    We as a country have come so far where only white men ruled to a place where anyone can become President. We came from working the ground with a horse to feeding the world. We came from having a wagon train on the Nebraska fields to putting a man on the moon. We came from hitting the beaches of France to helping the survivors of an earthquake in Haiti.
    We have done so much when we come together, and yet we push each other away when it comes to helping this country grow as a nation.
    I can’t set here and not wonder what our founding fathers would think of us at this point in our history. Do they look at us as little children crying for what’s in it for me? or do they look at us as failures for what we have become. Ether choice I am not proud to be part of, but I have been both.
    When I was a child growing up in St Paul my father always told me people have something to say and it’s important to hear them, today I think I really heard him.
    I don’t know where to start, but I do know this. I will listen more to what others have to say, and I don’t mean just glance over it but to take it to heart as what my fellow Americans mean.

    January 30, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • txhumminbird

      Wow, what an epiphany! My prayer today is not only for the Egyptian people but also for the American people, that they reach the point that it seems you have.

      January 30, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sly

    Thanks for this partial coverage of Egypt event.
    Congratulation to al Jazerra english who is covering it LIVE.
    seems like CNN is doing a weekend coverage with no staff available.

    January 30, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Al Jazera's bureau in Egypt has been closed by the government, so it is unlikely that we shall see much live news from that network either. Egypt cut the phone lines, the internet and is trying to cut news off to the World...that worries me, what does the government plan?

      January 30, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Sly

      In a statement, Al Jazeera said it strongly denounces and condemns the closure of its bureau in Cairo by the Egyptian government. The network received notification from the Egyptian authorities on Sunday morning.
      "Al Jazeera has received widespread global acclaim for their coverage on the ground across the length and breadth of Egypt," the statement said.
      An Al Jazeera spokesman said that the company would continue its strong coverage regardless.

      Refreshing reaction.

      January 30, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
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