Egypt unrest: Mubarak's speech leaves nation, world wondering who's in charge
Protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square erupt in anger after President Hosni Mubarak indicates he will not resign.
February 10th, 2011
11:22 PM ET

Egypt unrest: Mubarak's speech leaves nation, world wondering who's in charge

The latest developments, as confirmed by CNN, on the uprising in Egypt. Demonstrators have taken to the streets of Egypt's major cities to demand an end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule, prompting the government to deploy the military to deal with civil unrest for the first time in a generation. Check out our full coverage and the latest tweets from CNN correspondents on the ground.

[Update 6:22 a.m. Friday in Cairo, 11:22 p.m. Thursday ET] More large anti-government protests are expected Friday in Cairo, Alexandria and elsewhere in Egypt, despite Mubarak's announcement late Thursday that he'd delegate his powers to Vice President Omar Suleiman.

[Update 6:20 a.m. Friday in Cairo, 11:20 p.m. Thursday ET] U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement late Thursday that the United Nations "stands ready to assist" in the process of ensuring "genuine and inclusive dialogue with all stakeholders" in order to expedite a "transparent, orderly and peaceful transition that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Egyptian people."

[Update 4:29 a.m. in Cairo, 9:29 p.m. ET] - Following Mubarak's Thursday night speech, thousands of demonstrators in Cairo's Tahrir Square have been showing their defiance to his rule by lying down on the streets and sidewalks under blankets for a massive "sleep in." On one wide sidewalk, about a hundred protesters lay next to each other under blankets.

Meanwhile, a group of volunteers were working early Friday to construct makeshift homes and buildings in the square, using plywood and wooden boards. They included shower stalls and bathrooms, activist Sharif Makawi said.

[Update 3:30 a.m. in Cairo, 8:30 p.m. ET] Long a pillar of Hosni Mubarak's three-decade rule over Egypt, Omar Suleiman now sits at the top of the pyramid as its de facto president. Read more about Suleiman and his gradual rise to the top.

Brush up on Mubarak's speech here and find Suleiman's speech here.

Update 3:00 a.m. in Cairo, 8:00 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama urged the Egyptian government "to move swiftly to explain the changes that have been made, and to spell out in clear and unambiguous language" the process that will lead to democracy.

"The Egyptian people have been told that there was a transition of authority, but it is not yet clear that this transition is immediate, meaningful or sufficient. Too many Egyptians remain unconvinced that the government is serious about a genuine transition to democracy, and it is the responsibility of the government to speak clearly to the Egyptian people and the world," he said in a statement. "The Egyptian government must put forward a credible, concrete and unequivocal path toward genuine democracy, and they have not yet seized that opportunity."

Obama did not call on Mubarak to step down, but he did call for emergency law to be lifted while negotiations continue among the government, opposition parties and civil society on the country's future.

"As we have said from the beginning of this unrest, the future of Egypt will be determined by the Egyptian people. But the United States has also been clear that we stand for a set of core principles. We believe that the universal rights of the Egyptian people must be respected, and their aspirations must be met. We believe that this transition must immediately demonstrate irreversible political change, and a negotiated path to democracy."

[Update 2:10 a.m. in Cairo, 7:10 p.m. ET] Disappointed. Angry. Frustrated. These are some of the words being used by CNN correspondents to describe the mood among protesters after President Mubarak's speech that designated Vice President Omar Suleiman the de-facto president of Egypt.

"He's playing the same old game. He hasn't done anything new," a protester told CNN's Fred Pleitgen. "Suleiman is the same as Mubarak. And we will keep coming out here each day until he's gone."

Read here for more crowd reaction, plus a roundup of expert opinion and reaction to the speeches, with a look at where the Egypt story goes from here.

[Update 1:56 a.m. in Cairo, 6:56 p.m. ET] An estimated crowd of 1,000 protesters are closing in on Egypt's presidential palace, where a heavy security presence is guarding the palace and several government buildings nearby.

[Update 1:29 a.m. in Cairo, 6:29 p.m. ET] But what about CIA Director Leon Panetta's statement to Congress earlier today that there is a "strong likelihood" that Mubarak might step down?

A U.S. intelligence official tells CNN’s Pam Benson that Panetta was referring to press reports.

"This is not an intelligence failure. The intelligence community has been tracking events in real time, and actions and decisions change in real time," the official said.

During the House Intelligence committee hearing this morning, Panetta responded to a question with this headline-making statement: "As you can see I got the same information you did, which is there is a strong likelihood that Mubarak may step down this evening, which would be significant in terms of where the hopefully orderly transition in Egypt takes place."

But about 45 minutes later in the hearing he walked it back when he said, "let me say, just to make very clear here, I received reports that possibly Mubarak might do that, we are continuing to monitor the situation, we have not gotten specific word that he would do that."

[Update 1:08 a.m. in Cairo, 6:08 p.m. ET] Tweet from Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei: Egypt will explode. Army must save the country now.

In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, ElBaradei said it's unclear whose side the Army is on. As for Suleiman taking control of the presidency?

"Suleiman is an extension of Mubarak. They are twins," he said. "For the sake of their country, they should go."

[Update 1:00 a.m. in Cairo, 6:00 p.m. ET] Parliamentary speaker Ahmed Fathi Srour tells Nile TV that President Hosni Mubarak's move puts the authority for the day-to-day running of the government in Vice President Omar Suleiman's hands. That would include oversight of the police, the Interior Ministry and other key agencies, control of economic policy and running any negotiations with the opposition.

Srour echoed Mubarak's statement in adding that the constitution specifically prohibits the president from delegating other key powers to the vice president. As a result, power to dismiss parliament or dismiss the government and the power to ask for amendments to the constitution remain in Mubarak's hands, not Suleiman's.

[Update 12:40 a.m. in Cairo, 5:40 p.m. ET] President Hosni Mubarak has transfered all effective powers of the presidency to Vice President Omar Suleiman, making Suleiman the de-facto president of Egypt, the Egyptian Ambassador to the United States said.

"The president did indicate very clearly he was transferring all his presidential authority to the vice president," Sameh Shoukry told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "President Mubarak has transferred the powers of the presidency to his vice president, who will now undertake all authority as president."

That makes Mubarak the de jure head of state, or as a matter of law, and Suleiman, the de-facto head of state and the military, Shoukry said, attributing the information to the Egyptian government. Suleiman has no power to dissolve parliament or to make amendments to the constitution, he said.

[Update 12:25 a.m. in Cairo, 5:25 p.m. ET] CNN's Ivan Watson says you need only look at the network of tents and a makeshift wooden shelter erected in the middle of Tahrir Square for evidence of what people are planning to do next: "These people are not going. 'When he leaves, we leave.' This is just the beginning."

[Update 12:15 a.m. in Cairo, 5:15 p.m. ET] Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak offered his view on the situation in Egypt Thursday during a visit to the United Nations:

"I think we should not pretend that we are more important for the Egyptian people than their own interests... it's up to the Egyptian people to find their way and to do it according to their own constitution, norms and practices."

[Update 11:58 p.m. in Cairo, 4:58 p.m. ET] Protesters are forming a human chain around the offices of the state-run television after Mubarak's announcement that he will stay in power until September. "The anger is deep, it's profound and widespread," CNN's Ben Wedeman reports of the crowd reaction. Some speculate that the government is trying to provoke strong reaction to justify a crackdown.

[Update 11:38 p.m. in Cairo, 4:38 p.m. ET] Vice President Omar Suleiman says President Hosni Mubarak's speech affirms his commitment to responding to "the demands of the people" and to making the "safety, security and stability" of Egypt a priority above any other consideration.

He also commended the "youth revolution" while urging young people to "go back to your houses, go back to your work, the homeland needs your work." He also told them to ignore the "satellite images" that "mar Egypt" by fomenting revolt.

[Update 11:35 p.m. in Cairo, 4:35 p.m. ET] A recap of the highlights of President Hosni Mubarak's speech:

- Mubarak said he has delegated powers to the vice president "in accordance with the constitution," but did not specify the scope of that power.

- Mubarak said that he will "keep his promise" to leave office after new
elections are held this fall.

- Mubarak announced that he "will not accept or listen to any foreign
interventions or dictations."

- Addressing Egypt's youth, the president vowed that he "will respond to your demands and your voices," and that he has been pained and embarrassed by violence committed against anti-government demonstrators.

[Update 11:30 p.m. in Cairo, 4:30 p.m. ET] The United States' reaction? "Not what we were told would happen, not what we wanted to happen," CNN's John King says, quoting a government official.

[Update 11:20 p.m. in Cairo, 4:20 p.m. ET] Some protesters begin to leave Cairo's Tahrir Square in the direction of the presidential palace, CNN's Ivan Watson reports. Others are heading in the direction of the state-run television station, CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.

[Update 11:05 p.m. in Cairo, 4:05 p.m. ET] "This guy is calling for more rage in the country," a protester in Tahrir Square tells CNN's Fred Pleitgen after Mubarak speaks. "This guy doesn't want to leave in peace."

[Update 11:00 p.m. in Cairo, 4:00 p.m. ET] The crowd in Tahrir Square erupts into roars of "get out" as Mubarak announces he will not step down.

"I will not submit to any international pressures," he says, according to an unofficial translation. "I have preserved my dignity and preserved the peace for Egypt and I have worked hard for the renaissance, I have never tried to have more authority, and I think the majority of people know very well who Hosni Mubarak is, and it hurts my heart when I see and hear from my own colleagues and my own people, but I –I know the juntion that we are facing right now, but I am fully convinced that Egypt will pass these difficult times."

[Update 10:55 p.m. in Cairo, 3:55 p.m. ET] President Hosni Mubarak announces that he "will follow the track of peaceful transition until September." He also said he will hold accountable those who fomented violence against demonstrators during the past two weeks.

[Update 10:50 p.m. in Cairo, 3:50 p.m. ET] "I will not nominate myself for next the presidential election and I will be satisfied with what I have done to the country and the homeland for more than 60 years during years of peace and war," Mubarak says.

[Update 10:45 p.m. in Cairo, 3:45 p.m. ET] "I will respond to your demands and your voices and this is a commitment that cannot be reversed. I am committed to carrying out my promises in all credibility," President Hosni Mubarak says in a televised address, according to an unofficial translation.

[Update 10:25 p.m. in Cairo, 3:25 p.m. ET] Change is in the air and on the airwaves, CNN's Ben Wedeman tweets: "Egypt State TV now reading long list of charges against former NDP business tycoon Ahmed Ezz, Gamal Mubarak's ex-best friend. Unbelievable."

[Update 10:10 p.m. in Cairo, 3:10 p.m. ET] Now trending on Twitter: #Reasonsmubarakislate, which invites people to ponder what's taking so long for Mubarak to make his annoucement.

[Update 10:00 p.m. in Cairo, 3:00 p.m. ET] Jubilant chants of "down, down Hosni Mubarak" fill Tahrir Square as protesters anxiously await a scheduled announcement from the Egyptian president. Many in the square have told CNN's Fred Pleitgen they are confident that "tonight is the night" Mubarak will step down. But other sources tell CNN that Mubarak will not step down.

[Update 9:19 p.m. in Cairo, 2:19 p.m. ET] Wael Ghonim, the Egyptian activist credited with helping to organize the initial protest on January 25, tweets that he is heading to Tahrir Square, where thousands have gathered in anticipation of President Hosni Mubarak's scheduled announcement.

[Update 8:43 p.m. in Cairo, 1:43 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama said Thursday the United States supports an "orderly and genuine transition to democracy in Egypt." He said "a moment of transformation" is taking place in Egypt "because the people of Egypt are calling for change."

[Update 8:40 p.m. in Cairo, 1:40 p.m. ET] If Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak turns over power to a military council, the United States will have to determine legal and diplomatic arrangements for working with a new Egyptian military-led government, a senior U.S. official said. The U.S. military does not work with governments that come to power by military coup, and while there is talk Egypt will be led by some type of military consensus arrangement, this still poses challenges for the Pentagon, the official said.

[Update 8:31 p.m. in Cairo, 1:31 p.m. ET] State TV is running a promo showing protesters shaking hands with the military, saying "Egypt is Changing." Such a favorable depiction of protesters is unprecedented, CNN's Tom Fenton says.

[Update 8:03 p.m. in Cairo, 1:03 p.m. ET] The Egyptian information minister denies that President Hosni Mubarak is stepping down, state TV reported.

[Update 7:49 p.m. in Cairo, 12:49 p.m. ET] The number of people killed in Egyptians' protests against President Hosni Mubarak could be two or even three times higher than previously estimated, a human rights activist on the ground warned Thursday. Human Rights Watch has confirmed about 300 deaths, said Hossam Bahgat of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. But independent researchers have not been able to get information from many places, he said.

[Update 7:31 p.m. in Cairo, 12:24 p.m. ET] President Hosni Mubarak has ended his meeting with Vice President Omar Suleiman and is meeting with Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, Egyptian state TV reports.

Asked about the Egyptian developments, President Obama said, "We're going to have to wait and see what's going on."

[Update 7:24 p.m. in Cairo, 12:24 p.m. ET] The "crowd in Tahrir Square just chanted 'civil, civil, not military!'" CNN's Ivan Watson reported in a Twitter message. That comes amid reports that President Hosni Mubarak may hand over power to the military.

[Update 7:18 p.m. in Cairo, 12:18 p.m. ET] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is meeting with his Vice President Omar Suleiman, Egyptian state TV reported.

[Update 7:14 p.m. in Cairo, 12:14 p.m. ET] President Hosni Mubarak is expected to step down on Thursday night, yielding power to the military, a senior Egyptian government official told CNN's Jill Dougherty.

[Update 7:08 p.m. in Cairo, 12:08 p.m. ET] The senior Egyptian government official who says President Hosni Mubarak is expected to announce that he will transfer power to the military says it's "not a coup in the traditional sense." But the move would take Egypt's government outside "constitutional authority," the official said. The official added that there was a consensus between the government and the military that a political transition was impossible with Mubarak in power.

[Update 6:58 p.m. in Cairo, 11:58 a.m. ET] CIA Director Leon Panetta said Thursday that he assumes Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will hand over more power to Vice President Omar Suleiman. An orderly transition of power and effective government outreach to political opponents "could have a positive effect" on the broader Middle East, Panetta told members of Congress. Panetta noted that U.S. intelligence officials have analyzed the potential impact of a transfer of power in Egypt on Israeli and regional security.

[Update 6:52 p.m. in Cairo, 11:52 ET] CIA Director Leon Panetta said the loyalty of Egypt's military in the political crisis "is now something we have to pay attention to because it is not always one that will respond to what a dictator may or may not want." He said "there is a strong likelihood that Mubarak may step down this evening."

[Update 6:37 p.m. in Cairo, 11:37 a.m. ET] President Hosni Mubarak will address the nation Thursday night from the presidential headquarters, Egyptian state TV confirms.

[Update 6:31 p.m. in Cairo, 11:31 a.m. ET] No decision has yet been made on the future of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq said, state-run Nile TV reported. Mubarak is still in power, Nile TV quoted Shafiq as saying.

[Update 6:27 p.m. in Cairo, 11:27 a.m. ET] "People in Tahrir Square know exactly that their request has to be achieved not by promises but by action," Houssam Badrawi, the secretary-general of Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party, told CNN.

[Update 6:17 p.m. in Cairo, 11:17 a.m. ET] A senior U.S. official who said Hosni Mubarak has agreed to yield power to Egypt's vice president also said, "We need to see it happen" and "We are told soon is the plan." The source was speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the information.

[Update 6:04 p.m. in Cairo, 11:04 a.m. ET] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has agreed to yield power to his vice president, a senior U.S. official told CNN's John King, citing contacts within the Egyptian government.

[Update 6 p.m. in Cairo, 11 a.m. ET] There is a strong likelihood that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will step down Thursday night, CIA Director Leon Panetta told Congress.

[Update 5:58 p.m. in Cairo, 10:58 a.m. ET] Cairo's Tahrir Square is packed and the atmosphere is festive amid talk that President Hosni Mubarak may deliver important remarks to the country later on Thursday.

[Update 5:55 p.m. in Cairo, 10:55 a.m. ET] National Intelligence Director James Clapper defended U.S. intelligence operations in Egypt, telling members of Congress that accurate information has been provided, but "specific triggers" for incidents that will cause a regime to fall cannot always be accurately predicted. "We are not clairvoyant," he said.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered condolences to the friends and loved ones of Khairy Ramadan Aly, who went missing on January 28 and has been confirmed dead. Aly was a carpenter for the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

[Update 5:48 p.m. in Cairo, 10:48 a.m. ET] Wael Ghonim, the Egyptian activist on leave from his job at Google, said, "Mission accomplished. Thanks to all the brave young Egyptians," on Twitter amid signs of possible imminent change in Egypt. Ghonim has been hailed by many fellow protesters as a hero.

[Posted 5:32 p.m. in Cairo, 10:32 a.m. ET] Some of the most senior military officers in Egypt met Thursday to discuss the crisis in that country and plan to meet further to discuss "what can be achieved to preserve the homeland and the gains of the Egyptian people," a spokesman for the Egyptian military said.

The new secretary-general of Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party told CNN he expects President Hosni Mubarak will "take the next steps" after amending the constitution. Asked what the next step would be, Houssam Badrawi said "accommodating the demands of the youth" and the "best interests of the country." Badrawi told CNN that the demands of Egypt's protesters had been met. "They won," he said.

[Earlier developments:]

- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak plans to transfer his powers as commander in chief of the armed forces to the Egyptian army, Al Hurra TV reported. The Arabic language, U.S.-based channel is financed by the U.S. government.

- Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq formed a five-member fact-finding mission to investigate the uprising, state TV reported.

- Vice President Omar Suleiman said in a statement that the demonstrations organized by the 25th of January movement are "a clear sign of our support and respect to democracy," state TV reported. He said he was misquoted in a TV interview that cited him saying Egypt isn't ready for democracy.

- Protesters calling for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's ouster toppled barricades near the Abdeen Palace, a Cairo landmark, on Thursday.

- Thousands of anti-government protesters - mostly lawyers and judges - marched in front of Abdeen Palace in Cairo. The crowd was chanting and waving flags, and pumping fists in the air. Chants included, "My God, my God," and "Down with Hosni Mubarak."

- Civil Aviation activities in Egyptian airports went down by 70% over the past two weeks, a government official said Thursday in a statement posted on a state media website.

- Egypt's Finance Minister Samir Hadwan said the nation will "do its utmost best" to ensure that the Suez Canal remains open. "All precautions are taken to prevent any sabotage from outside to the Suez Canal," Hadwan told CNN's AC360. "The Suez Canal is safe and the Egyptian army - I don't talk on their behalf - but I can assure you it will do whatever is in its power to keep that open."

- Thousands of Egyptian workers went on strike Thursday to demand better compensation and transparency in executive salaries, authorities said. The protests included employees in the petroleum, railway and telecommunication industries. About 2,000 workers are on strike in the petroleum sector, said Hamdi Abdel-Aziz, a spokesman for the petroleum ministry.

- Employees of the National Railway Council called for longer contracts, prompting their leaders to meet with them and pledge to extend their contracts. Workers in the steel industry and the government-owned Suez Canal Port Authority are demanding better salaries as well, state-run al-Ahram newspaper said.

soundoff (688 Responses)
  1. Nick

    My heart goes out to all the Egyptian people. I hope they remain steadfast in their quest for freedom!

    February 10, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • RG

      Does anyone else think Mubarak looks like the surgeon in the movie the Human Centipede???

      February 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      you don't honestly think that some 82 year old man is steering the boat at this point do you?

      February 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lindsey65

      I am with the people. What is getting rather annoying is every news caster at some point, brings up the use of the weapons, provided by the USA could potentially be turned on the people. When will these individuals point out that YES the USA provided weapons to Egypt BUT they were provided so that the government of Egypt could use the weapons to PROTECT the people of Egypt against outside forces!!! Enough. The more they say it at this volitile time, the more extremist wanting to return to Islamic law will use that to turn the people of Egypt against us.

      February 10, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      I support Mubarak, Egypt is not ready fro democracy, there must be a transition, a period of 5 to 10 years of American presence like in Iraq and Afghanistan. Best regards and god bless USA. Mubarak keep up the good job.

      February 10, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil, Ohio

      Its a cover-up for something else! A distraction!
      Trust NO ONE!
      Especially the new media!

      February 10, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • aber

      Ray, you say that "Egypt is not ready for democracy"... who are you to judge what someone else is ready for or not? What if i say the following: You are not ready to be listened to because of your immature comment?

      You sound a lot like a dictator when you tell others what they may or may not be ready for

      February 10, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • noel

      Lindsey, US gave the weapons to Egypt government in exchange for making peace with Israel. The Egyptian government needed the weapons and the army build up to control its population and maintain itself in power. It's called RealPolitiks when the US does some ugly things for what it sees as a greater good. It's a balancing act and it's good to hear Obama taking the opportunity (Egyptians people balancing the power in its favor) to reposition its policy for greater democracy in Egypt.

      February 10, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mikeey

    ZZZThis guy is delusional and does not understand that people are sick of him and want him out. The only way to remove him is to march on the presidential palace and national TV and physically remove his communication capacity and the dictator himself.ZZZ

    February 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • denton310

      Given the narcissism and ignorance demonstrated by Marurak, he must have consulted with Palin. This was his chance to get out with the money, he has given that up. Hopely he makes it out alive

      February 10, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lynn

    Kent State ring a bell?

    February 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emigdio

      More like tiennamin square, or Hungary '56

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

    No more negotiating!!! Firstly, negotiating, instead of demanding unconditional removal, while you have the initiative is just a sign of protesters’ weakness and that’s how Mubarak is reading it. That’s why he is not resigning. The only way to remove the Mubarak regime is not to show any signs of lessening the demand for unconditional removal and even increasing the demands. This practically means larger and larger protests (i.e. millions and tens of millions of people) and march right on presidential palace and national TV to basically “scare” Mubarak out.

    Secondly, I just hope Egyptians will not be fooled into believing that Suleiman is any different than Mubarak except on the surface. He was a part of the same regime for decades and was appointed by Mubarak. What do you think, Mubarak would appoint someone who was against him or someone who was with him? The only way to get rid of the dictatorship is to remove Mubarak immediately and ALL OF HIS ACCOMPLICES including Suleiman.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      I agree. I was thinking the same thing while I was reading the article.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jokey

    How did the foot get into the picture?

    February 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • mason

      They take their shoes off and wave them around. This is a gesture over there, like flipping someone off. Disrespecting someone.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brendan

      I'm not sure if Egypt is a Muslim country but in Islam pointing the underside of your feet in someone's direction is an insult or bad protocol. This gesture also could be related to when an individual threw his shoe at George Bush in Baghdad back in 2008.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      How did a shoe end up in the picture? Let me refresh your memory. Bush got a shoe tossed at him because that is the best and worst insult in their world the rest of the time they blow themselves up.

      February 10, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skarphace

      @Brendan: Muslims represent 90% of the population of Egypt. Does that answer your question on whether it is a 'Muslim' country? If 90% of the population of America was Christian, would it be a 'Christian' country?

      Do you see why that is irrelevant? The Egyptian people want democracy and freedom. Yet Americans keep bringing up the fact that Muslims are involved. Guess what, they are. But since they are also the people of Egypt, that is a good thing. A democracy must be of the people.

      February 10, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    When Bush was the most hated Presidant of all times. We just said Ok we will have our turn to vote in a New Presdant in November and waited . Why cant they just chill out and wait untill september and go to the polls like civalized people and vote for the Person they feel will be a good Presidant. All this rioting and violance , Why he hasnt done anything wrong except be the presidant during a recesion. They need to realize they are not the only ones out of work its the whole world !!

    February 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee from Richmond, Virginia

      Because he is a violtent dictator. If Bush was a dictator who turned the federal enforcement staff to capture, torture and kill us, don't you think we would react? Probably not as nonviolent protestors as the Egyptians are. We don't have the patience here. Bush would have been forcibly removed if he were Mubarak. He wasn't so we waited.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Bush was a pretty terrible president, but no by any stretch of the imagination was he a brutal dictator. We have the luxury of being patient in this country when we don't like the current President because we have the freedom and right to vote a new one in. Mubarak was a dictator in office for 30 years, and had no intention of leaving anytime soon. The time was now. September wasn't good enough. By September people would have settled down and by then he'd have some excuse for why he wasn't packing his bags, and chances are the momentum to get that much public outcry again would be slim. So I agree with the Egyptian people, see it through to the end and best wishes!

      February 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat M

      He's been a harsh dictator since coming to power 30 years ago. He has somehow amassed a fortune of over $20Billion while a pathetic percentage of Egyptians live in poverty. The people have been patient more than long enough.

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

      Yah...and now that Obama has scored the worst approval rating of all time, we can just vote hime out...I can wait.

      BTW, when the current president, Obama, sat down with Mubarak on the 18th of August in his first year as the president, the primary talk was about the Middle East peace process and how Egypt could make this move forward with nearly $2 Billion worth of aid per year from the U.S. There was nary a mention in the news about human rights within Egypt, but Mubarak did mention that the reason he did not meet with Bush for the previous five years was that the U.S. was unfavorable towards Muslims. Hmm...imagine that the Muslim Brotherhood has insisted on ousting Mubarak, our president wants Mubarak out...weird.

      When the newscasters mentioned that Mubarak's son would inherit the "throne" and would insist on more political debate to include the people of Egypt in decision making, it was poo-pooed as not important, an afterthought.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Debbie Schaefer

    The people of Egypt will prevail – embrace your beliefs in life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Sulieman has lost all credibility as a potential leader. I cannot believe how pathetic these doomed leaders appear to the rest of the world.

    February 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      The liberals will just vote him back in.

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

    Boy you are on frustration that someone is blaming United States(the holy number 1). We took responsibility and we brought down our dictator in Maldives. Egyptians in tens of thousands are doing the same, taking responsibility that its their job. And you guys did something like that too maybe in the 60s or some or the times you treated so nicely to the native Americans. Keeping all that aside I give my word that I will never take sides in favoring or blaming the love affair of DICTATORS AND UNITED STATES.

    By the way thanks for the speech President Obama, that you gave in Egypt last year. Happy Clinto.

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


      February 10, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Newyorker

    The reason he is still clinging to power is because the US is still on the fence about supporting regime change. Obama has failed the test.

    February 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • DP

      That's bull. And I hate Obama. Mubarak just wants to loot more and he thinks he can because the protesters don't have big enough guns. He'll loot and loot as long as the military and police will kill the protesters to give him more time.

      What the U.S. says now doesn't matter. Yes, we've propped up him and dictators like him over the years. We are probably responsible for making the position of Looter in Chief of Egypt so appealing with our dirty money, but it is up to the people now. How fast can they get to him and how many will die before he loots more is the only question left.

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

      Yeah! Wish beck and/or palin was in charge. They would know exactly what to do, being the wise, experienced levelheaded and wonderful souls they your delusional mind.

      February 10, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anthony Ravenell

    The US should begin to end the foreign aid to Egypt until President Mubarak immediately until he resigns from the office. It is not enough that he is defiant and believes that what he is doing by transfering power will satisfy his opposers. I am sorry to say that I see a possible civil war brewing if a serious change is not made.

    February 10, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Robert Harrison

    Mr. Mubarak will not leave peacefully? Then the peace protesters might well have to peacefully remove him from his palace.

    February 10, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      They are certanly not peacfull. Come on now look at them waving there shoes in the air. They want blood . Cant really blame them as the Middle east people are all this way. Its the way they were brought up. Rule 1 Hate Americans . Rule 2 Kill the innocent in the name of Allah .

      February 10, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mubarak is stalling...

    Let's face it...Mubarak is simply stalling until he has hidden the billions that he has bilked from his people. He is a criminal and should be handled as such. The US needs to take a more active role to ensure another religious extreist does not take over in the vacuum that will follow Mubarak's eventual fall. Mub's narcissism was clearly evident in his speech...and he is simply stalling for as long as he can in order to move his ill-gotten wealth to a more secure and untouchable location.

    February 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brad

    How about some US news???? What are the Republicans doing to today to harm the public? What is the credit sector doing to harm consumers? What is US business doing about jobs?

    Stop shouting about Egypt.

    February 10, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat M

      Check the want ads for "Editor in Chief". Then you can choose the lead story. Otherwise, you should have the oportunity to find stories on any topic you like. Search engines work pretty well.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wanter

      I'm glad the GOP isn't getting any airtime, lol.

      February 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Marcella

    Egypt is the first civilization, they deserve so much and the freedom to express themselves, the freedom to live, to be happy and to have a bright future for generations to come.....freedom of choice. My prayers are with the egyptians that peace prevails........

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