Crowd at Egypt's Tahrir Square outraged after Mubarak doesn't resign
Protesters in Tahrir Square roared with disapproval when President Hosni Mubarak did not announce his resignation.
February 10th, 2011
07:58 PM ET

Crowd at Egypt's Tahrir Square outraged after Mubarak doesn't resign

Thousands of people waved Egyptian flags and roared, "Get out! Get out!" in Cairo's Tahrir Square as President Hosni Mubarak said late Thursday he was delegating power to his vice president and made no mention of stepping down.

"I don't know if he has a brain or if his brain is elsewhere," one protester in the square said, expressing frustration that Mubarak appeared to be saying that he enjoyed support from most Egyptians.

Watching Mubarak's address on what appeared to be a sheet hoisted over the square, the crowd became angry as they heard Mubarak say he would "delegate powers" to Vice President Omar Suleiman but did not mention leaving office. They broke into cries of, "Illegitimate!" and "Mubarak the coward must stand down."

After the statement, parliamentary speaker Ahmed Fathi Srour told Nile TV that Mubarak's move had put the authority for the day-to-day running of the government in Suleiman's hands. That would include oversight of the police, the interior ministry and other key agencies, as well as control of economic policy and running any negotiations with opposition figures.

Srour added that the constitution specifically prohibits the president from delegating certain key powers to the vice president, including the power to dismiss parliament or dismiss the government and the power to ask for amendments to the constitution.

soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. personny

    Israel is becoming a nation.

    February 10, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    If Mubarak and his regime leave the power all christians can forget Egypt as a tourist destination.

    Who will be on power afther him-moslem brothers?C'mon people...

    February 10, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nauticaticalnick

    I think they should just let it go...I mean come on! I'm tired of seeing about this in my newsfeed.
    Its his country and he should do what he wants. If they don't like it, they move somewhere else.



    February 10, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Clayton

    I can see why these people are fighting for their freedom; I support that, but what i hate is people blaming one political group for the problems, because they are all the same, they are all men/women, they can all be corrupted just like everyone else. I do believe that a smart man, at the begining of creating america, once said, "two things will seperate America: greed and political parties."

    February 10, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Paz

    Arriba Egypt! More support for the people in their struggle. Your strength & dignity is awe inspiring & humbling.
    Skarphace, I cannot agree more with you. Keep up the well reasoned commentaries & responses.

    February 10, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. miller bob

    Hey guys over there in Egypt, Build Mr.Mubarak a pyramid,he'll step down with all his Camel riding whipping rooneys.The pyramid must be bigger than any of the exisixiting ones. Promise him it will be closed after his death but as soon as he & his entourage enters,just do the needful!!!!!!!

    February 10, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. miller bob

    Build him a pyramid please!

    February 11, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. martin

    A pyramid is a brilliant idea.

    February 11, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jordanian

    Mubarak and all the dictators in the Arab world is a result of two things; the acceptance of the people for such dictator all these years without saying anything till they reached boiling point, and the support the administration is giving to these dictators just for the sake of protecting israel's ass and look what's happening now! Israel is shaking of fear for what will happen in the region after all of this revolution tsunami!

    February 11, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. dan

    I can't believe some of the comments made on here. I also can't believe that our country ever backed Mubarak it is like Iraq all over again.
    Why would our country who believes in a democracy give so much to a country who dictates how there people will live.
    I also can't believe that anyone here would ever complain about another country wanting rights like we have here.
    We tip toe around many countries that don't give a crap about the U.S. and give them money but the sad part is we have to borrow the money to give it. Maybe we are the ones that need to be demonstrating and saying enough is enough.

    February 11, 2011 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. Darrin G

    Hey! EGYPT time to take out the trash.

    February 11, 2011 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
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    Hey Darrin why don't you fuk yourselve

    February 11, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
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    February 11, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
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