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. Freedom

    Mubarak thinks people are blind? Transferring power to his VP only means Mubarak is out of the spotlight. These leaders truly believe the world is blind. They believe their own people are blind.

    Mubarak acts as though his intelligence is the only intelligence that cannot be insulted! Meanwhile his actions are just one insult after another to his people!

    February 10, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hillary Clinton

    I should just run for President of Egypt

    February 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nick San Diego

    Its starting to look like the powers that be in the West has worked behind the scenes to have the Military in Egypt to take over.
    Which means we the West still has the puppets and the people get screwed. Oh they'll give them a few crumbs, but
    I hope to God I;m wrong

    February 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |

    How long can the protesters continue in Egypt? No food. No water. No money. No food, water, money for their families. Logistics will kill the protesters in the streets and they will go home to protest another day. Mubarak will just wait them out to see how determined they truly are to continue the uprising.

    February 10, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freedom

      Depends on how much the protesters want it. People throughout time have been able to fast for very long periods of time to champion a cause.

      Mubarak also knows what kind of human rights violations would happen if he tried to blockade food supplies. That fool would only inflame the world more.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. O.J Simpson

    I'm innocent!!!!!!!

    February 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skarphace

      Yes, yes, we know. Now put that bloody knife away and step away from the window.

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


    February 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Grumpyoldman60

    Egyptian crowd to Mubarak "get out"
    Mubarack to Egyptian crowd "Let me get back to you about that" Righhhhhhhhhht!

    February 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. programmergirl

    My thoughts and prayers go to the people of Egypt. I praise them for their courage, determination, steadfastness and refusal to be intimidated by Mubarak's tactics. These brave people have spoken, in no uncertain terms and made their wishes known. This dictator either has his head in the sand or is senile, to not understand that the time has come for him to leave. He says he will not bow down to "powers outside of Egypt." Well, LOOK at the faces of the people in the streets. Do you not recognize your OWN people? Respect the wishes of the Egyptian people and GET OUT!!


    February 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kool Moe Dee

    Stay the course Mubarak we here at Google love you!

    February 10, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Arnold Schwarzenhager

    I'm available for Govenor in the new Egypt

    February 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Grumpyoldman60

    Egyptian crowd to Mubarak "Get Out!".
    Mubarak to Egyptian crowd "Ummm Yaaaaaa Ummmm I'm going to have to sayyyyyyyy Ummmmmm No!.

    February 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bruce

    i think the crowds will eventually go away and absoulitly nothing will change with egypt. if anything a diff "president" like the one they have now will be selected to be put in office, but will be the same thing they already have. it's just a waiting game, wait out the crowds long enough and they will go away. in another week or two the rest of the world prob wont care anymore.

    February 10, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Grumpyoldman60

    Egyptian protester goes home after three weeks in the streets only to find that all his s__t been stolen and his mud hut has been reposessed. Doughhhhhh!

    February 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jew

    Mubarak must stay. Arabs can be controlled only by force and diktatorship. If we look at any arab coutry it is controlled either by tirans or kings or shahs with very stiff laws and practicly without fare elections. So to believe that a violent crowd of crazy muslim arabs will bring a democratic president to rule Egipt is just silly. At least Mubarak is US and Israel friend and not muslim! Stay on Mubarak – you are our only hope that Egipt will not turn into another Iran.

    believe me all this democratic talk will quickly transform itself into much worse diktatorship plus a sheriat law where stoning a woman is a norm.

    February 10, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skarphace

      A 'violent crowd of crazy muslim arabs'? Wow, that doesn't sound racist at all. From your comment, I would predict that you consider yourself a member of the so-called "Tea Party". The party that is not a party.

      They have been very peaceful considering the situation. And if they are crazy to want democracy and freedom, then our founding fathers were pretty crazy themselves. Us who have democracy should be supporting those who want it, not spewing racist comments and propaganda.

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

      I'm not even sure where to begin with you. I will start with what seems to be your main concern: Mubarak is playing nice with Isreal because it suits him and his Mafia. He gets paid a lot of our money to stay that way.
      Next, if you are a proponent of controlling people by any means necessary so that you can feel good about yourself, then you are not portraying your religion nor your heritage in a very positive way.

      February 10, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Grumpyoldman60

    An Egyptian walks into a bar. The bartender say's hows things going at the protest. The Egyptian says "What protest. I thought I was standin in line for an upper tier seat at the Superbowl!!!! BRRRRRUMP!

    February 10, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
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