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. RFE

    How can anyone watch the protests of the last 2-3 weeks and come to the conclusion that the majority of Egyptians are supporting him and it is the foreign governments that want him out? This man is completely out of touch with reality which is common among dictators.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Robert Weinraub

    CNN has completely forgotten what their mission is. To give us the information you get. After listening to Anderson Cooper, Wolf and a few others not reporting but taking sides, whether right or wrong, IT IS NOT THEIR JOB to do that. Be objective in your reports and that should be it.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mikey M

    Wrong answer, McFly!!!

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

      its about to get "heavy"

      February 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dennis

    Coup De'tat. I am excited!!

    February 10, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. joe

    like all dicktators the world over.he is the psychopath in charge..they depend on normal people to be patriotic and support them in their murders and for other psychopath in the police or army to help him in his glory all in the name of the people and flag.thats their sickness far as their concerned their not sick you are if you resist.some times you get a slite peak into their dysfunctional nixon ;I AM THE PRESIDENT I SAY WHAT THE LAW IS

    February 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bob Harlan

    Ive got a new song for the protesters,
    Na Na Na Na, Na na na na, hey hey hey goood buy!

    February 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. musings

    Let us hear what has been said: although the martyrdom voice is loud, and although people talk about being willing to die, someone in the crowd said it: "Give me liberty or give me death." Patrick Henry said it, and now that there is the internet, they know the history of our Revolution and every other. "Give me liberty or give me death!" Mubarak or King George may cry peace, and paternalism, but there is none.

    Someone from Saudi Arabia identified himself too, and not as Al-Qaeda (which is but the other side of the coin of absolute power, corrupting absolutely). No – there are simply people who want to govern themselves...

    Let freedom ring (to quote Dr. King).

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

    I have some steel-toed shoes I'd like to donate to the people of Egypt. Slightly worn, but still excellent for throwing at brutal dictators. Where shall I send them?

    February 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tarek Morsi

    Every single president of egypt live ended in a mystree end , his people has offered him an easy exit but God wants for him somthing different , please see the end it will be miserable end. he is the son of phoroa and his end will be as his dad Phoraa

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

    General Saad El Shazly died today... Rest in peace General Shazly. You will be remembered.

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

    He's trying to provoke them. The least bloody way now is a military/police coup.

    I'm not sure other world leaders even want this to be bloodless. They won't want the rest of us getting ideas.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Liberty Queen

    Hey people, our U.S. gov't sends $1,500,000,000... that's 1.5 BILLION DOLLARS of OUR MONEY to the dictator Hosni Mubarak. Please, take 10 minutes to call and email your U.S. Senators and House of Representatives and let them know you want this drain on our economy to stop and that funding dictators like Mubarak is contrary to the Freedom and Democracy our country was founded on.

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

      Divvy it up betcha if it was even $5 no one here would want money going to that out of touch "steward"

      I would rather my $5 go toward a Subway sandwich for 2 people in the square.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • musings

      "Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute." Mubarak and his cronies have already laid on the insults pretty thick – roughing up journalists and blaming the US and others for incitement. And he then threatens to go to Saudi Arabia if we turn off his tap (although it WILL inconvenience our military contractors to let him go - for awhile, until they arm the revolutionaries if they take power). So it looks like the money could be cut off. What is stopping us?

      February 10, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. charles bowen

    Has The Time Come for the army to test their weapons on the President? This Terrorist Mubarak Must GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    February 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike

    He's a DICTATOR!!! Why does anybody expect him to act any differently than he is acting. There is no surprise in his speach or in any of his actions. He's not going to leave because people WANT him to leave. There is really only one way he will go!!!

    February 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Masterdebater

    so many people dieing because of him, would it be a better decision to just assassinate him?

    February 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
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