Oh shit… read this from El Baradei: “Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei reacts on Twitter to the latest developments: “Egypt will explode. Army must save the country now.”
Egyptian president vows he will stay in office until September, and will not bow down to ‘foreign pressure’.
- Al Jazeera’s Tristan Redman: “Confusion in #tahrir. Is he gone? Or is he staying? Nobody seems to understand.”
- CNN’s Ivan Watson comments: “Mubarak finishes speech. Does not say he will step down. Angry Tahrir Square crowd chanting ‘He leaves, we leave.’ The stand-off continues”
- Blogger Sandmonkey: “People are going crazy in the street. We are joining them.”
- Matthew Cassel: “Tonight or tomorrow, Tahrir is not big enough to contain this rage.”
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This is gonna get ugly real quick…… Real quick…….
WTF? **UPDATE** Egyptian foreign minister says Mubarak “WILL NOT” be stepping down? Sheeesh…… Bagdad Bob reminder anyone?
Things are fluid and changing rapidly. So many angles, so consider this a thread to discuss any and all of todays variables surrounding Egypt, our administration, your concerns?
Nervous victory for someone….. CAIRO — Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak is to step down after 17 days of pro-democracy protests, two sources told NBC News on Thursday. Following an all-day meeting of the country’s supreme military council, the army said all the protesters’ demands would be met and a further statement was expected to be made later Thursday, clarifying the situation.
Mubarak was [huh] expected to formally announce his departure in an address to the nation tonight.
NBC News said a high-ranking source inside the president’s office said that Mubarak would step down and the newly appointed vice president, Omar Suleiman, would take over. This was then confirmed by a second source. The Secretary-General of the ruling NDP party, Dr Hossam Badrawi, told the U.K’s Channel 4 News that he was expecting Mubarak to stand aside in his televised address. (Read More)
Also: (ABC News)- Egypt’s Army Chief of Staff waded into the jubilant crowd of protesters in Egypt’s Tahrir Square today and told them cryptically, “All your demands will be met tonight.”
When asked by ABC News whether that meant that President Hosni Mubarak would leave office, Army Chief of Staff Sami Eman replied, “It ends tonight.” The crowd around Eman erupted in a roar of cheers and began singing the national anthem.
Ok, I’m late to the party on this and trying to catch up. Was this a subtle, non-violent, psychological military coup brought about my Mubarak losing the support of the military? With all the radical elements positioning themselves this is dangerous, very dangerous. Suleiman is a 76 year old head of secret police, hard/heavy hand, and right hand of Mubarak; so I’m thinking this is more of an optical change and not an ideological shift.
Obviously the military will be the ruling force even with a transitional government. Praying for those military leaders to respect the integrity of freedom.