Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak: Will He Cede Power?

Day 17 of Egyptians protesting, and now there’s talk of President Hosni Mubarak transferring power.

Earlier reports claimed chaos if Mubarak were to step down.  Pray tell how much chaos would the people of Egypt likely see if Mubarak remains in power?

By Craig Whitlock, Leila Fadel and Ernesto Londono

Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, February 10, 2011; 10:58 AM

CAIRO — President Hosni Mubarak will meet the demands of protesters, military and ruling party officials, the Associated Press reported Thursday, in the strongest indication yet that Egypt’s longtime president may be about to give up power.  Read on.

CIA Director Leon Panetta states Mubarak likely to cede power this evening.


Stay tuned for the latest news

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47 Responses to Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak: Will He Cede Power?

  1. Tracy Chapman – Freedom Now

  2. Ametia says:

    The Egyptian people have true cause for celebration now. I’m cautiously hopeful that real change will be affected. Who is in control of the government now?

  3. Ametia says:

    Wild cheers in Egypt after vice president announces that President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down.

    Watch live coverage now on

    That MOFO got out of DODGE, and then stepped down!

  4. Breaking

    Mubarak has given up power and it is being taken over by the Armed Forces!

  5. Mubarak Reportedly Flees For Red Sea Resort As Egypt Protesters Rage

    CAIRO — A local government official says President Hosni Mubarak is in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, 250 miles from the capital Cairo, where protesters are deluging squares and marching on presidential palaces and the State TV building.

    The official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue, said Friday that Mubarak arrived at the airport in Sharm and was greeted by the local governor. Mubarak passed most of his powers to Vice President Omar Suleiman Thursday night, rebuffing the demands of hundreds of thousands of demonstrators that he step down immediately.

  6. dannie22 says:

    You know, I think my boo Dpn should have his own nightly show not these Parker Spitzer characters. I think I’ll write CNN a letter.

  7. Ametia says:

    President Obama’s statement on Egypt:

    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. The Egyptian government must put forward a credible, concrete and unequivocal path toward genuine democracy, and they have not yet seized that opportunity.

    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. To that end, we believe that the emergency law should be lifted. We believe that meaningful negotiations with the broad opposition and Egyptian civil society should address the key questions confronting Egypt’s future: protecting the fundamental rights of all citizens; revising the Constitution and other laws to demonstrate irreversible change; and jointly developing a clear roadmap to elections that are free and fair.

    We therefore urge the Egyptian government to move swiftly to explain the changes that have been made, and to spell out in clear and unambiguous language the step by step process that will lead to democracy and the representative government that the Egyptian people seek. Going forward, it will be essential that the universal rights of the Egyptian people be respected. There must be restraint by all parties. Violence must be forsaken. It is imperative that the government not respond to the aspirations of their people with repression or brutality. The voices of the Egyptian people must be heard.

    The Egyptian people have made it clear that there is no going back to the way things were: Egypt has changed, and its future is in the hands of the people. Those who have exercised their right to peaceful assembly represent the greatness of the Egyptian people, and are broadly representative of Egyptian society. We have seen young and old, rich and poor, Muslim and Christian join together, and earn the respect of the world through their non-violent calls for change. In that effort, young people have been at the forefront, and a new generation has emerged. They have made it clear that Egypt must reflect their hopes, fulfill their highest aspirations, and tap their boundless potential. In these difficult times, I know that the Egyptian people will persevere, and they must know that they will continue to have a friend in the United States of America.


  8. dannie22 says:

    Fareed Zakaria will be on Parker Spitzer. That’s the only reason I’ll watch.

    • Ametia says:

      Thanks, Dannie. I’m watching it, while I eat my dinner.

    • Ametia says:

      Sheeh, CNN is airing some Beckie reporter complaining…. Back to Aljazeera!

      • dannie22 says:

        But Fareed has been speaking off and on and he has been very good. He’s giving PBO his props. Fareed broke down the history of former U. S. presidents and how they handled similar situations and fareed says that PBO has been the quickest and the boldest in dealing with this situation. I trust fareed.

        • Ametia says:

          I missed Fareed. I’ve been going back and forth between Aljazeera and CNN. We’ll need to post the video of Fareed when it’s available. Thanks, Dannie.

  9. Crowds in Egypt React to President Mubarak’s Speech

  10. Obama Meets With Security Team After Mubarak Speech

    Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama met with his national security advisers as events in Egypt reached a new crisis point after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak defied calls from protesters to immediately step down.

    Obama watched Mubarak’s speech to Egyptians while returning from a trip to Michigan on Air Force One. He made no comments upon his arrival at the White House, where he headed into a meeting on the latest developments. He is likely to release a statement later today.

  11. Egyptian VP message to protesters….GO HOME!

  12. Ametia says:

    Breaking News Alert: Egypt’s Mubarak gives no indication he will leave office before September
    February 10, 2011 4:22:45 PM

    In an address to the nation, President Hosni Mubarak said he will take steps that will lead to the lifting of emergency laws once the security situation permits. He left the full impression he will remain in office until September elections.

  13. Ametia says:

    Mubarak announcing he will not step down and the people’s reactions


  14. The people are going to march to the palace! This mofo must want Egypt to burn?

    It’s on and poppin…


    Today 2:49 PM

    Mubarak Speaks”I am speaking to all Egyptians in Tahrir and beyond,” Muabark begins. He mentions the “martyrs and injured” will not be forgotten and that those who are responsible will be punished. “Your demands are legitimate and just demands,” he adds.

    “I will never accept ‘foreign’ dictations,” he said.

    He said that he will not run for president in September as he promised, but that he will continue the oath of his office. He says that he will “continue to shoulder” his responsibilities and will work for a peaceful transition of power.

    He says confidence needs to be restored, and points out that the protests have affected the economy.

    “It’s not about me, it’s not about Hosni Mubarak. It’s about Egypt,” he added.

    I have spent my life defending this country, witnessed its wars, lived through its defeat, and victories. I have faced death several times.

    Mubarak says he will transfer powers to Vice President Omar Suleiman.

    Tahrir Square is erupting into chants of “Leave, Leave, Leave

  16. Ametia says:

  17. dannie22 says:

    Interesting times we live in. Who woulda thought all this would occur during our lifetimes. And because of … OUR BLACK PRESIDENT!!!

    Yea I said it.

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