President Mubarak Reported to Announce That He Will Step Down

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NBC news is reporting that two sources close to President Mubarak of Egypt say he will announce tonight that he will step down as president.

A Change in Egypt's Government

The past 24 hours in Egypt has seen the Egyptian protesters in the square in Cairo be joined by government and business labor unions. The unrest caused by these new developments was growing more and more serious, with striking workers and turmoil adding to the already stagnated Egyptian commerce. So much so that there was a threat that the government and the country of Egypt were possibly going to collapse according to reports out of Egypt. It was apparent to the Egyptian military that this was untenable and so a decision was made that because President Mubarak's presence was contributing to instability rather than stabilty for the country,the president had to leave. He is said to be making an announcement tonight that he will step down from leading the country. CIA Director Leo Pinetta reportedly said that the announcement should come tonight from President Mubarak. President Obama spoke today saying that we are watching history in the making.

The United States has been in constant contact reportedly with the leaders in Egypt. The Pentagon and the Egyptian military have been discussing the means of making this a peaceful transition. Egyptian Vice-President Suleiman is said to be taking over from Mr. Mubarak but the Egyptian Constitution states that the Speaker of Parliament would be next in line to replace Mr. Mubarak. It is thought that the constitution will be amended so that the Vice-President will be in charge after the president steps down. How this step will be received by the protesters is unknown, when Mr. Suleiman was selected for his position the demonstrators were reportedly unhappy.

The Egyptian military is said to be overseeing the transition and hopefully things will be peaceful through it all. The election before all this took place was to be held in September, but there are those who think a faster election process would be more feasible. A time period of sixty days has been mentioned, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has stated that she feels that would not be enough time for the country to properly prepare for an election in essence.

Eyes will be on Egypt in the next few hours to see what will be the beginning of the transition, not the end. The Egyptian people stood together and said jointly that they would not leave the streets until President Mubarak stepped down. They virtually froze the country in its tracks.They voiced their displeasure with the political and economic corruption, the reportedly rigged elections, the lack of jobs and demanded to be heard. As President Obama stated this is history in the making. The Egyptian people spoke, change is happening in Egypt right before our eyes.

Update February 10, 2011:
In real time today President Mubarak spoke and said in essence he was transferring some power to his Vice-President, Mr. Suleiman. Mr. Mubarak said he will keep his promise
to his sons and daughters in Egypt, he is not going to leave Egypt.This is not what the people expected or what was being reported. The protesters got very extremely angry and upset after the speech and left the square shouting their displeasure. The protesters are said to be marching to the presidential palace tomorrow to demonstrate there. The military is thought now to be behind President Mubarak because he would not have spoke as he did without the military generals being with him. It could get very ugly tomorrow outside the palace. The Vice-President spoke, that reform and change are going to take place. He asked the protestors to go home.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
10th Feb 2011 (#)

Good reporting of an important current event.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
10th Feb 2011 (#)

I dunno.. seems like he just said he will NOT step down

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author avatar mountainside
11th Feb 2011 (#)

Hi Jer, Thanks for reading and commenting. Take it easy.

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author avatar mountainside
11th Feb 2011 (#)

Hi Mark, You are right, he transferred some power to the VP and is going to stay. It is getting very touchy. The other thing is the labor strikes will further cripple the Egyptian
economy.
Thanks very much.

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author avatar Denise O
15th Feb 2011 (#)

Let me also make another point, no I do not like Mubarik and how he has treated the Egyptian people, the ones he so loosely calls m children but, I am afraid for those in Egypt right now, the regular joes I am talking about.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar mountainside
15th Feb 2011 (#)

..Hi Denise, The situation is still touchy. But so far the military is keeping its promises, they want elections in six mnths, a new parliament and the constitution rewritten. Fingers crossed. Meanwhile other countries are seeing their people rise up, Yemen, Iran and Barain which might not turn out as well as Egypt has so far. Take it easy.

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author avatar Blossom S
5th Apr 2011 (#)

he did what he said at last. xx

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author avatar mountainside
7th Apr 2011 (#)

....For sure, hope the transition works well for the people. Thanks.

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