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. comslave

    FAIL. Hillary Clinton just gave the most meaningless statement possible. Stop talking generalities. make up your mind.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • WAEL

      Thank you what on Eath does we dont support mubarak nor the Rioters we support the Egyptian people mean ???????

      January 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Roland

    There is so much misinformation! There is so much misunderstanding by people in America and Europe! Our media are so confused. This is a popular uprising, and the parties in Egypt from all directions are just as confused as the Establishment in the West. Look at al Jazeera! We are told on CNN that it has been taken down in Cairo. It has not. It is still broadcasting live, here: Elbaradei has been invited to represent ALL groups and the people and is speaking now in Tahrir Square in central Cairo. By remaining recalcitrant, Mubarak opens the door for the extremists. State TV, being parroted on CNN, is not informative, but calculated by the Regime to misrepresent what is happening on the ground. Do not waste the lives of those that have died for liberty and freedom. The people of Egypt cannot and will not go back.

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

      This is not misinformation that united states hand will be used to slap its own face. The powers vyed is older than you think and the board being played is chess, the oldest Persian wargame. While everyone are lighting cigars and roasting marshmellows around the stoked fires, looking for opportunities, the trap has been set
      and sprung long ago.

      January 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rambo

    We have to put the prison breaks in the context of a dictatorship where the judicial system is more a tool of political control than a tool of justice.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JJ

    If he is a dictator then he should go – pure and simple, as an American (and Jewish), I want what is best for all people.
    The Egyptians should be allowed to choose their own government and how their society works and interacts with the rest of the world. The same goes with other countries.

    Times may be turbulent for awhile, but I can only hope that we will all come out the other side a little better and freer.

    Hopefully, China will be next.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. WAEL

    Please if you dont Know some thin stop isinuating .Egyptins are not slave drivers nor did the Koraan abolish democracy.Infact the proper islamic law is for the people to choose their leader by Mubayaa meaning election. Theocracy and Monarky were abolished by Islam.Please if you dont Know LEARN.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Alf

    What has Sarah Palin done now?!

    January 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Paul

    We are talking about cutting off the aid to Egypt. I think we should increase it to incrase jobs, education, housings, businesses, and move trade like we do with Israel. Education is the key element. We give approximately 1.5 billion dollars to Egypt annually for the population of about 80 million people and about 4 billion to Israel, population of about 6 billions. Looks the education, jobs, housing, and trade we provide them.

    A peaceful Middle East will contribute peace and welfare to that region and the world. Peace.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Whatever the decision be made it will hurt.

      January 30, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Randal from SC

    Why the hell are we not getting behind Elbaradei...America used to be a champion for democracy, now we are running scared, playing politics, when we should make a stand. Obama needs to publicly condemn this dictator if he wants to get my vote in 2012.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. crawbar

    Philip, that was a beautiful response.
    However, I would add to that some clarifications which I hope you would agree with.
    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 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MP

    Some on this site have said that Egypt is part of the African Continent and others disagree – here's the deal:

    On which continent is Egypt?

    Egypt is mostly part of Africa although the Sinai Peninsula in northeastern Egypt is part of Asia.

    Sometimes it is best to check facts before rushing to comment.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe The Politician

    the world is waiting for their saviour "OBAMA-HAMMA-USA-PRESIDENTA to come to the rescue.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. One_world

    I quote Polo: " 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" you said it all. I agree with you. The US do not know much people in other countries love the US. But sometimes they are with the wrong side. If you look at Africa, all the governments are almost the same but you don't hear the U.S. say nothing as long as the african government in place benefits the US even if the government in place is a dictator. Want for others what you want for yourself....The world is changing, tiimes are different.

    January 30, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Quatchi





    January 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Courtenay Barnett

    Question – How does Al Baredi suddently become "leader" when he was doing Atomic energy work all these years and is little known to the Egyptian masses? Guess Washington is comfortable with him

    Egyptians merely removing "Peter" Mubarak for "Paul" ( insert an Egyptian name) does not in the least begin to address the fundamentals of:-

    A. The poverty and lack of development and want of sovereignty in Egypt related to the nature of the World Bank/IMF conditionalities imposed on the Egyptian nation.
    B. Egypt’s relationship with the US and Israel.
    C. A vision of a society that is led not by puppets manipulated by US and Western interests, but a leadership that actually is of the people, for the people and stands by the people – as distinct from a movement of protest so far twittered from afar and directed towards the maintenance of a status quo changing the face of "Peter" for "Paul" without addressing any structural changes that brought on the crisis in the first place. At a deeper level – surely – the protest movement if it is to be meaningful and effective for the welfare of the Egyptian people has to go well beyond – Mubarak must go ( we don't like him). What he did and has consistently accomplished is being a puppet for the puppet masters in the US supporting and dictating what he must do in the best interest of US and not Egyptian foreign or domestic policy interests. This picture is one that is replicated around the world, and for decades in the post World War 11 era has significantly been played out in Latin America among many other satellite outposts around the world. ( Read on) – there is the point very well explained.
    For a pretty insightful analysis – do read...

    The Protest Movement in Egypt: "Dictators" do not Dictate, They Obey Orders
    by Michel Chossudovsky
    Global Research, January 29, 2011

    January 30, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Blitzcraig

    Islamist Racism and Militantism is the biggest problem facing America today. Prez Obigot and Holder are hoping for a complete Muslum extremist takover of Egypt. That will help fulfill Obama's dream of a Muslim takeover of the US.

    January 30, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      You're a f@*&ing idiot

      January 30, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
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