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

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- [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. UFO2012

    The Shah of Iran many years ago did the very same thing but the people overthrow him. It will also happen to this regime in Egypt. When are you too much supporter of Zionism and US government you end up KICKED OUT !! I love it 🙂

    January 30, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tru

      Iran was much better under the Shah. Now you have men with guns wearing capes and oppressing people. Their "god" is a bitter and unloving god. Secular Islam is way better than a false theocracy.

      January 30, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MC

    I'm sure glad we Americans have guns to protect us from our Government. I'm sure our armed uprising would be winning by now and overtaking the tanks and planes to gain control and establish a new order. That's the point, correct? Oh, wait, we're a Democracy we don't need guns. Oh wait. Yes we do.

    January 30, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Morgon

    The entire musim world screams for the U.S. to leave them alone and stay out of their business, and they emphasize it with frequent chants of "death to America".........but now they want our help??? and this has happened before too.........this is a prime example of people who talk out of both sides of their mouth!!!......muslims need to just make up their mind!

    January 30, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbombay

      They always want US help. They always get POd when the killing starts. They always believe they have a right to kill us (because we are the US). Our help never resolves the problem. We need to learn to stand back and let them have a go at it (and do themselves in)

      January 30, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JusticePrevails

    An overwhelming amount of Egyptians want this man out of his leadership role–so he should resign and please the Egyptians who he claims he loves so much. You are 82? years old....time to retire and prepare for your final years in peace. Otherwise, your final years could end in turmoil at the Egyptian people's expense.

    January 30, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Otniel

    How hard is it to say....this guy has to leave.Why support a tyrant (30 years) and not other(50 in the case of Castro) that's double standard.Politics sucks the right thing should always be the right thing despite of alliances and interest.

    January 30, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobe

    Seems like collective amnesia or complete ignorance of history, it was the same thing when IRAN had its revolution and look at it now, as soon islamic fundamentalist and religious radicals get to power it will be a mess.
    MUBARAK is moderate should stay in power, soon everybody with brains will realize what BIG MISTAKE t was to let MUSHARAF from PAKISTAN and MUBARAK from EGYPT out of power, the whole region will be a gigantic islamic fundamentalist block and they will eat ISRAEL for dessert.

    January 30, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Morgon


      January 30, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. scott a landers

    The bottom line is that, although Mubarak is no gem, the Islamists who seek to replace him are intolerant tyrants who are prepared to torture or put to death those who would commit such asphemy

    January 30, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Morgon

    This is the muslim world....... "leave us alone, death to America"...... and then.... "wait, help us, get involved, it's your job, you have to"..... and later it will again be..... "leave us alone, death to America"......apparently the wheels on the bus DO go round and round lol

    January 30, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just_me

      Totally agree. All Muslims should just get the heck Out of here and SHUT UP!!!! Shut the F&"$"Up!!!!!!!!!!! Bunch of hateful crazy'os. Recoil your insignificance!!!!!

      January 31, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. kevin

    You suck, CNN. How about writing a real story, instead of this "dear diary" type bullsh**.

    January 30, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Morgon

    The egyptians want "freedom & democracy"???....... wait til Mubarak is gone and the fundamentalist fanatics take over lol they'll be wishing mubarak was back, because freedom & democracy is NOT anywhere in the fundamentalist islamic handbook..... The taliban will be happy to confirm that for you lol

    January 30, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. zakaria

    There are so many Egyptians who support Mubarak. they are not simply heard!

    January 30, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. scott a landers

    The bottom line is that, although Mubarak is no gem, the Islamists who seek to replace him are intolerant tyrants who are prepared to torture or put to death those who would commit such blasphemy as even drawing a simple cartoor of Muhammad which

    January 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dr Bakr

    Mubarak plans bloody confrontation in few hours, he received 3 planes full of laser weapons from Israel directly to Cairo Airport today after USA refused.. Plan to use them from top of roofs to kill and scare demonstrations. ASK the World to STOP him NOW
    Post on all news media to STOP them PLEASE..

    January 30, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • zakaria

      So we should protect the vandals who destroyed, burnt and ransacked mob gangs?

      January 30, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobe

      MUBARAK is a MODERATE, if anybody here reads news knows that ISLAMIC RADICALS in EGYPT are killing CHRISTIANS, just ask american christian egypticians how lis life in EGYPT for christians?
      As soon MUBARAK leaves power the first victims will be the christians, then they will move towards confrontation with ISRAEL.
      I know HISTORY it will be like IRAN all over again.
      Afghanisthan will be back to ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALIST by 2015 the BURKAS will be back for the women, TURKEY , IRAQ, EGYPT , IRAN(already is), YEMEN , PAKISTAN, SUDAN, LEBANON, they are learning to unite themselves, the wars by USA/BRITAIN just made them smarter, ( it is like making bread dough) the more we beat them the more they grow .
      i am completely pessimistic about EGYPT it will get worse before gets better, don't understand calls to oust MUBARAK, seems insane to me.

      January 30, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Just Me

    a guy who dies his hair like he does probably has his neurons affected by the chemicals...that's why he hasn't got it yet...bless his heart...

    January 30, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. scott a landers

    The bottom line is that, although Mubarak is no gem, the Islamists who seek to replace him are intolerant tyrants who are prepared to torture or put to death those who would commit such blasphemy as even drawing a simple cartoor of Muhammad which is a basic human ri
    ght we must struggle

    January 30, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
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