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. Jason Watts

    The more important questions is...where do the people in that crowd take a dump? I don't see "Crapper Kings" anywhere!

    Oh, yeah, Mubarak's got to go.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Outhouse King


      February 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ron

    Mubarak and Suleman are the two sides of the same coin. The entire regime needs to go. We are with the Egyptians.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Keith

    That was one of the most self-serving speeches I've heard of in my life. All pure kiss a$$ inuendos. Mubarak and his VP have stirred the hornets nest rather than usher in reform. There will be more blood shed before Egypt returns to any semblance of normalcy. Mubarak is deranged and as certified it on television today. I hope the army doesn't fall for this duffus and his team of thugs... "Work with us young Egyptians... to move forward to make democracy and freedom..." That's like the fox telling the sheep to follow him into the forest.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jillian

    If they go after Mubarak the military will start shooting.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skarphace

      Hopefully they will start shooting at the Mubarak forces. If the military takes the side of the Mubarak sympathizers this will get really ugly. Every indication so far is that the military will support the people, though. If they were going to take the side of Mubarak you probably would have seen signs of that already.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. descarado

    Barack Hussein Obama, blessed be his name, former Baskin Robbins ice cream scooper du jour, ahead of the curve on international affairs, once again.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Art Weiss

      This is an Egyptian matter. Any interference from either the US or Europe would taint the results of this home grown revolution. Obama is doing the right thing by staying out of it. What would you have him do? Go to Tahrir Square and wave an Egyptian flag? He is doing just what he should – voicing support for democracy and letting the Egyptians decide what is best for them. This is not our fight.

      February 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skarphace

      Another example of right-wing thinking. Obama is damned if he does, and damned if he doesn't. If he supports Mubarak he is supporting dictatorship. If he supports the opposition he is supporting Islamic fundamentalism. Your arguments against our President are starting to fall flat.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Aman Preet Singh

    very soon Obama administration will witness to 2nd massacre of his presidency. The First of Tamils in April-May 2009 in sri Lanka.T he failed to stop and according to UN officials thousands of civilians die in no fire zone. Let see how the administration act this time

    February 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Art Weiss

      We are not the world's policemen/women. The Egyptian populace is perfectly capable of running their country's affairs without us telling them what to do. Stay out of it for once.

      February 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skarphace

      Hopefully our administration does nothing of the sort. The last thing Egypt needs is for America to get involved and set up what the people would see as a puppet government supporting the US. The best thing for our administration to do is just what they are doing: supporting the right of the Egyptian people while putting pressure on the Mubarak regime to leave peacefully.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jimzcarz

    He's gonna wind up leaving in a box.Mubarak has spoken so now it's up to the people of Egypt to React.
    Offer Mubarak a 24hr opportunity to vacate office then remove him..They can't & won't shoot all of you before you take him out hell the military might even help.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Krista

    I suspect that for the safety of the nation, the Egyptian army will remove him from power.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. johnny orlando


    February 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. The People

    The military so far has done the right thing by staying out of it. The most the military should do is step in to protect the people if the police are attacking them. The people have to be the ones to revolt and take control of their own country.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark

    Goes to prove peaceful protest does not work. Just ask Ghandi, or the Dali Lama.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • KellyinCA

      The military knows on which side its bread is buttered – the soldiers are looking out at the protesters and see their brothers, sisters, spouses and friends. They know that it doesn't matter who's in charge as long as they get paid. They also know that, if they attack their fellows, there'll be a civil war. They're biding their time, perhaps waiting for an order from within to march on the presidential palace.

      February 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sally Li

    If Norman Rockwell were still alive, he would have enjoyed painting that democratic picture accompanying this article.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CRJ

    All it will take is a few days of a labor strike – and the labor force at the Suez Canal joining into it - and viola! Mubarak will be gone - hit the country in the pocketbook and even Mubarak will see "reason"...

    February 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mark

    Goes to prove peaceful protest does not work. Just ask Ghandi or the Dali Lama.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dave

    The Egyptian people are facing a siege. Mubarak thinks if he refuses to resign long enough the crowd will fall apart or violence will taint the protests. He's already tried forcing that to happen. Man has billions of US tax payer dollars on hand to wait them out.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
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