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. Keats

    As we say in the south, "He just asked for it"


    February 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Abhinav

    I guess his wish to die in Egypt will be granted sooner or later ,if he remains adamant like this .

    February 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Egyptian"N"Proud

    Im an egyptian living in the USA...i would like to say my thanks to all of you supporting the egyptian people....THANK YOU

    February 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freedom

      We would be forgetting our roots if we did not support the Egyptian people.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Egyptian"N"Proud

    THank you for all of your support!!

    February 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bryant

    No way! Eat shoe Mubarak.....whoosh!!!

    February 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Robert

    the egyptians are doing this right. This is the same thing when they ousted ferdinand marcos of the phillippiness.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anthony

    He'll end up getting assassinated sooner or later now.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |

      By Jihadists???? Another Islamic Fundamentalist State like Iran. I hope not. Where's Bin Laden been hiding? In an egyptian pyramid. Watch out.

      February 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JennCoolVA

    When left with no option what are the masses supposed to do? The Egyptian Government is illegitimate. Mubarack MUST step down or risk an uprising by the people that will result in tremendous violence.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. FM

    Friday is gonna be another Day of Rage. Wonder if it will be peaceful or if those damn thugs will come back out?

    February 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tunisian

    i can't beleive this guy fortune more than 40 billion when average egyptian live on less than $10.00 a month!!!!

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

      What I find amazing is if I wanted to send $10 of my tax dollars directly to a family Mubarak is holding it in his coffers. He is a thief!!!!

      Look for any one tax paying worker here in the USA if they would like to donate $10 to Mubarak and you will not find one person.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RDS

    If Mubarak does not step down, the protests cold turn deadly. If the army cracks down, the death toll will be very high. Egypt will turn into chaos. Egyptian society will collapse. Mubarak has stashed away billion of AMerican taxpayer dollars into his personal bank accounts. The Army needs to take control; a coup. The army needs to kick Mubarak out and then hold free elections.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Judy

    Mobarak and his entourage of old men should step aside and allow Egypt new interim leadership with fresh new ideas to move Egypt to an early stage of democracy. The inability for Mobarak to step down only demonstrates the deep inroads of corruption within the current Mobarak regime. My biggest concern is that the young Egyptian people will be so frustrated and angry by the Mobarak regime that they will resort to violence and perhaps entertain thoughts of a less democratic government and favour a more extreme ruling party just to get rid of Mobarak. This will not bode well for Egypt and one would only have Mobarak and his cronies to thank for this.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MikeBell

    The rule of law?
    Who is promoting it?
    When there is no demand for adherence to it then the radicals will have free reign and rob the democracy from those that truly want it.
    The protest at this point are working against the very goal that the protesters are demanding.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. aimee

    you know, this is not new to countries who are oppressed or new to know what happens? the oppresser dies....just sayin, get out before you do INFACT die. the mob is angry, and they will do what it takes.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. truth

    No one tells americans what to do. America should not tell what others should do. Secondly, the population of egypt is alot more than that you see on tahrir square. Media is just using their power to only show you what they want you to see. If this protest is succesfull, an attempt is going to be made by US to go into Iran and start paying people there to do protest. Then, start paying people to comeon facebook and twitter to comment. All the idiots talking here think they know how others should run their country. Mike, John, Jason, FM etc etc all these so called "american names" are going to tell arab country how their country is when they've not lived there? You are just idiots. How about you focus on your own government and let Egypt and other countries do what they want to do. Its none of your business.

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

      You have forgotten that the 'New World Order' includes everyone. So, what happen in Egypt is of concern to everyone else. The Muslim Brotherhood know that. Any denial would be naive.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skarphace

      @MikeBell: this is not about the right-wing 'New World Order'. It is about democracy. If anyone knows about Sharia law, and how it limits freedom, it is Muslims who make up 90% of the Egyptian people. So if they choose to have a government ruled by Islamic fundamentalism, it is their choice, not ours.

      I seriously doubt this will happen though. The people want democracy and freedom and Sharia law goes against those ideals. I think there is a much better chance that the military will step in and try to put one of theirs in power than the Muslim Brotherhood will take control of the government. This would still be bad though. Trading one dictator for another is not what Egypt needs.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freedom

      tell that to the millions of EGYPTIAN protesters in the streets of EGYPT – just because I agree with the protesters does not mean I am telling them what to do! they have made up their own minds!

      If France had just stood by the American Revolution would never have happened! King George in the 1800s was mad and thought the colonists were on this earth to serve him!!!!

      February 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neveen

      @MikeBell: The Muslim Brotherhood area a small percentage of the Egyptian population, yet you refer to them as if they were the majority. The reason you are making this assumption is because you have already decided on your belief. So, when you see Mubarak meeting with the Brotherhood, you say,"see, they are so important that Mubarak negotiates with them." ....That was his plan. Mubarak is not stupid, he is a very sneaky predator. Everything he does is for his benefit. This is clear in the way the journalists were attacked after him and his "VP" blamed them, publicly, for their part in "tricking" the protestors.

      Also, the Coptic Christians of Egypt aren't stupid either. If they felt the country would fall under the control of the Brotherhood they would not be out there protesting and protecting Muslims while they pray.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
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