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. Syed

    Why are America and Israel so afraid of the revolution, be it democratic or Islamic. Why cant ppl choose their own leadership and style of govt. I think it is because they are both afraid of their own wrong doings in the middle east and the rest of the world. I think Iranian revolution has been one of the most humanity friendly thing to happen in recorded human history. 32 years of self reliance and a justice system that USA and Israel cant even dream of. Its high time the west start to realize that their defination of "democracy" is just a least when it comes to ground reality...the history speaks volumes about the moral, social and just stance of USA and the west......the result.....well its not that hard for the ppl in west to know.....economic crunch, lowest social and moral long would they keep their head in the sand......its time to call right as right and wrong as wrong.......Just think for once and not be a stereo type...

    February 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Delmar Knudson

      Perhaps you could explain the wonders of freedom to Neda, the martyr of Iran and her family.

      February 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • KingOfEgypt2011

      Syed ... are you for real man… what kind of brainwash activities have you been involved with to think that way. I’m born and lived most of my life in Egypt and you maybe able to fool folks from the USA to let them think that Iran or any of the Middle East countries has a better system but not someone like me. Syed please stop your nonsense

      February 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. toughtimes

    Obama is so perceptive – He said "a moment of transformation" is taking place in Egypt "because the people of Egypt are calling for change." Why does he not hear it when the American people are screaming the same thing about his policies???

    February 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sparky0523

      I totally agree with you. Souldn't we do the same here? US Goverment=No Jobs, No Help, your on your own. Stop and help your citizens FIRST!!!! Then help others.

      February 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yusuf

      Because most people aren't. Just a few right wing nutjobs.

      February 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      The US does not have a dictator in power for 29 years.

      If anything, a revolt here will be towards the Republicans, who are trying to sink the poor and the middleclass.

      February 10, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Pretty sure that was the Same line he used during his campaign wasn't it ? So he's just echoing his campaign rhetoric. And in his eyes the overwhelming Democratic control in all three branches was the " People speaking out for change" ..... Well the " people realized that the ideals were not inline with the results" and I have a feeling Egypt may have the same issue.

      February 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Cindy: Your an idiot! I am middle class and I am not sinking.... God gave me a brain and I use it to better myself. Get off your rear and make a life for yourself and stop blaming everyone else for your short comings. Also, why do liberals always whine??? Stop looking to government for handouts and work for what you want in life. Its much more rewarding.


      February 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel Broadbent

      You must be a troll. Obama was *elected* just over 2 years ago. Pretty much everything he's done has been in line with his campaign platform – the platform the majority of American's voted him in on. Actually there's even been a few things he hasn't done just out of compromise (extended tax cuts for the rich, etc.).

      I had huge problems with Bush (the war), but despite many, many nation wide protests and constant public outcry over his policies on torture, Patriot Act, etc not once did I think he should step down. Why? Because he was elected, and that's how he chose to run the country. But unlike Egypt, the Republican's were voted out. And in 2 years you are free to vote Obama out. It's called a democracy.

      February 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Delmar Knudson

    Mubarak to address nation. I still kind of expect him to come up with some way to stay in power.

    Well, maybe if the Egypt thing gets settled, we can get back to Lindsay Lohan.

    Well, I suppose the Muslim Brotherhood will have a small role to play. Don't suppose they have a powerful Muslim Sisterhood? Mubarak feels if he ran in the next election, he could beat the opposition. After all, his police have been beating them for 30 years.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Phoenix05

    sk8104s8tan you shouldn't hope death on anyone. There's enough death and such going on in the world not much less someone else hoping for it on someone else. Show some empathy.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Me

    If he were a man, he would step down, but alas, he is apparently not.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • 808

      yeah really, just do the right thing man
      love your mothers, love your fathers
      they do the same work
      love is the key

      February 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dmpl

    This was driven by the people of Egypt. I am proud of them./

    This should also invalidate Osama Bin Laden. This proves that his ways are infantile and childish just like he is, also murderous and TRULY EVIL JUST LIKE HIM.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Leila

    I feel sorry for middle east. I don't think Middle east will see peace anymore for long time, This is the beginning of a new era in the middle east history. I'm sure fundamentalist will take over in Egypt and that means non ending war in that area!

    February 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Delmar Knudson

      Well during the recent peaceful 30 years in Egypt the ordinary Egyptian people have been living on $2.00/day and been treated worse than dogs. If that's your idea of peace, I am not sure I want to subscribe

      February 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yusuf

      I feel sorry for you. I don't know what a fundamentalist Muslim is. Its not the conservative Saudi type or the type that you are probably scared of, those are extremist views. I consider myself a Fundamentalist Muslim because I believe in free speech, liberty, patience, understanding, diversity and getting along with people of other faiths. This is because that is what is a fundamental practice in Islam, not violence, limited rights and freedoms. If these type of Muslims take over they will show the West how to have a government and society that actually cares about the people and their well being.

      February 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Phoenix05

    King Tut is probably rolling over in his grave or where ever he is right now.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Syed who kills another deseves to be killed....that justice plain and who kills thousands.......well decide his fate your self......empathy to the killed or to the killer......just think....

    February 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      I heard this a while ago and love it, "Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong?" It doesn't make since. If you want to rise above this violence and injustice you can't use the same tactics the person you are fighting against is using.

      February 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Melissa, we put people to death for taking a life because people who do those things are cowards. They have no problem taking someone elses life but are not willing to give their own. Taking a persons life for committing murder is the only right response because it represents the final end for the person who is the offender. Not to mention that mabe you and other libs would like to pay to house these animals for the rest of their lives. I know I dont.

      February 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Stefan Kitson

    I want to extend a tentative congratulatory message to all of my Egyptian friends! It seems that the hour of reasoning has arrived! Let's now wait and see if the despot will relinquish power , and breath a fresh breath of democratic values in its purist form. True governance "for and by" the "People". This should be received as an ominous revelation to the Arab world and the Wider world in general, that no longer will we fall victim to the whims and fancies of the few and just stand by idly while the oligarchic parasitical elements of the modern day global power structure defines our existence. "We the people" of this newly realized truly global democratic community will stand together in the defense of our inalienable human right to stand up and be counted and heard, and truly determine our life's path. Cheers!!

    February 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. David

    The street interview by CNN was fantastic. Local guy with the Egypt colors painted on his face:
    "we what our money back" and a nod to the U.S. as not totally being suckie.
    - As this unfolds I think more and more people on the planet will say that they want their money back.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. alethean

    Dear President Obama,

    How can you have an orderly transition with a brutal dictator in charge? If you where beaten, terrorized, abused, and demoralized by your parents; would you ask them for an orderly transition from viciousness to virtue?

    The answer is emphatically NO! This Dictator (Mubarak), his assistant Dictator (Sulieman), and his henchman must go now and not to a vacation resort but to the Hague for crimes against humanity.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    Mubarak should be hanged in the middle of the liberation square so that other dictators can see what their end will be if they dont leave their country

    February 10, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    Mubarak i want that 70 bn dollars back...

    February 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Leslie

    He better watch himself and remember what happen to Saddam, he will be hanging from a rope or shot before its all over......

    February 10, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
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