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.

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  1. sftommy

    One Egyptian has just chosen unnecessary suffering for the entire Egyptian people

    February 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Go get him!!!!! He really screwed up now !!! I hope we don't protect his ass in the USA !!

      February 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Markey Marshall

      I'm afraid that you're wrong,Mark. Knowing the right-wing thugs in Washington,they'll protect this creep Mubarak until the last dog is hung just like they did the Shah of Iran back in the 1970's. He's been such a "great friend",they say!

      February 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • abby

      He and his cronies only care about power. I fear for the people. People have already been killed and taken prisoner and tortured. He and his cronies can only use violence to control the people. The blood is on the hands of Mubarak and his henchmen. Pray for the people of Egypt who want their basic human rights!!!

      February 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • charlieblu

      Agreed. Well said, my friend.

      February 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paulie

      Well pick someone to replace Mubarack and Suleiman rioters and protestors!!! Pick your new Saddam or Amedinejad or Ayatoallah and get it over with.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paulie

      Why cry out to Pharoah set me free like a jew or moses? Pick the replacement already. Repect your President, your government. and your country and your history. Dont listen to the muslim brotherhood because quite frankly they arent really Egyptians. To say you are Egyptian is a lot like being an American there you can gain citizenship but you dont have to be born there. How can such a crowd speak for all its people and not vote.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      dude, paulie, their elections are fixed, that's the whole point. it's a dictatorship, not a democracy.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Markey...I'm afraid that YOU are not only totally misinformed, but that you are spewing statements based solely on your political preference, rather than fact. Republicans stand for freedom and democracy, even at the cost of lives, if that is what the people so desire. Democrats believe in none of these things. Furthermore, it is democrats who shake hands with Hugo Chavez, and attempt to assuage fears of Fidel Castro, etc. Please do not spread fear through lies.

      February 10, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriously

      Josh, you are a moron. Republicans have been the main supporter of Mubarak, yet you say they support freedom at the cost of lives. In this case, people are losing their lives for freedom, which Republican supported Mubarak has denied them of for over 30 years.

      February 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mikea881

    it is a sad day for egyptians. This dictator needs to listen to his people and pack his duffle, NOW! The people of egypt are poor and opressed by this old thief..It's just a shame.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |

      I totally agree,mikea881. Thank you.

      February 10, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriously

      Few men deserve a bullet to the temple as much as this devil of a man.

      February 10, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jason

    Any person that has a statue of themself 40 ft. tall and does not listen to the masses of people, he is self centered
    and only cares for himself.the people have clearly spoken, he must go!!!!!!

    February 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jmsdh

    Notice how many times he said 'I' in that speech. It was all about keeping an image for himself instead of about his countrymen. And he still seems to fantasize the opposition will blow over. I don't think so.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      The only person that uses "I" more in a speech is Obama. Seriously, check it out.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ed Nishoff

    Mubarak is cutting his own throat. It looks like he is daring the military to take him out. And so they should. Unfortunately, that then gives the miltary control in a larger way, possibly bringing about slower change. I'm a little buggered about the Mubarak fortune, money the country really needs right now to ease the pain. He deserves nothing from the people. I do not want him living in LA after this is all over. Please.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |

      Neither do I,Ed. He should be indicted and investigated as to how he acquired his outrageous fortune,but kept out of the U.S. Unfortunately,the politicians in Washington see things differently and that makes me mad!

      February 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mubarak Out

    Mubarak must be suffering from dementia. The fool musty go!

    February 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mubarak Out

    Mubarak must be suffering from dementia. The fool must go!

    February 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jmsdh

    Can they put him on a catapult and launch him into the Nile?

    February 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. American4EgyptsPeople

    I pray and hope for the protesters to continue to stay strong in their stance. I call on egyptians who haven't joined them. Its obvious this dictator is not going to step down. I call for American's to pray for the Egyptian people and as a free country we need to support them in their efforts for a democratic society. This is what we should want for other countries as Americans.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • abby

      It is up to the people of Egypt to stand up and fight for want they want. It's now clearly apparent Mubarak and his henchmen will never leave without force.

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

    Mubarak was alway considered a stubborn man but this is insane. He's really going to let this continue just so he can save face?? He cares nothing for his people.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. john2397

    If the Egyptian military and Obama has any shame left, they must stand up and use their might to force out Mubarak not only from the power but Egypt too and that too without a penny in his pocket. He must be cleaned from his assets of all kinds inside and outside Egypt and put on the plane to Saudi Arabia for ever. He has done enough damage to Egypt, he must be punished similarly. Hope, Omaba will show the democratic strength of America and keep her power and prestige in the world.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kesorhan

      We don't need to get involved in this. We have had our nose in the business of too many other countries for centuries. If they want him out, the Egyption military/people need to forcefully put him out themselves.

      February 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • FM

      The US getting involved in this is exactly NOT what is needed. This is an Egyptian matter and they and theycalone must solve it.

      February 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mammoth


    There really is no recourse here... this guy is stubborn!

    The people either need to
    A) go home.
    B) go to the palace and lynch this guy.

    Honestly, Mubarak would have it coming at his point. These are the only 2 options for a dictator in a popular revolt.
    He should have stepped down and bought a new country somewhere. Some people are truly stupid.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. An Observer

    The scripted drama will end shortly with Army stating they have removed Mubarak and now in charge. This is the best possible outcome that the special interests were working behind the scene for the last few days. The peoples desire for change was decieved by the same behind the scene actors so that their interests will not be hit by the genuine aspiratations.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skarphace

      Well, hopefully the military will not take over and put one of theirs in power. Trading one dictator for another is just what Egypt does not need.

      February 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Carol Liege

    I think Mubarak and Souliman may be recommended a rational transition approach aimed at restoring order in Egypt and preserving stability in neighboring countries. TOO BAD they don't have the BUSINESS background to "sell" their position by speaking to the crowd more about benefits and less about "me, me, me," or being REAL leaders and giving the crowds a POSITIVE next step for participation in the process (like "GO HOME AND FORM PARTIES - NOT MUCH TIME LEFT BEFORE SEPTEMBER"), or being SENSITIVE to the distrust and setting up an OVERSIGHT mechanism of protest leaders and other independent leaders.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. brnzartist

    Look at all the women in the photo. Last week, you couldn't find a woman at the demonstrations. Look at how they are ALL dressed. Do a search on the web for class photos from the 1970s and you will see women dressed in normal clothing. I wonder what happened between then and now? Give up? Jihad!

    February 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank S

      IIslam forbids women and men from revolting together.

      February 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laura

      Yes, it’s true and known fact, now more women cover up themselves. I met a woman in Cairo whose husband told me he never asked her to cover up her face, but she does anyway. I think for a long time, religion was the only thing what gave them hope.

      February 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skarphace

      How they dress is their choice and no concern of yours. The fact that you see women protesting at all discredits the right-wing propaganda that this is a revolution of the Islamic fundamentalists as they would not allow women to protest at all.

      You in the so-called "Tea Party" need to stop spreading this propaganda. Ignorance and propaganda wil do nothing to further democracy and freedom throughout the world. The security of America is of no concern here. The will of the people of Egypt is the only concern. And their safety, which Mubarak seems to care nothing about.

      February 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      tell ya what brnzartist: I'll personally fly to Hawaii and track down Obama's long-form birth certificate for you if you produce the PhD in anthropology you earned which makes you an expert on modern Islamic culture and the role of the Burqa in Egyptian society.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
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