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Feb 10, 2011 President of Egypt to step down tonight? Who will take his place?

The news from MSNBC states that The President of Egypt Mubarak will step down tonight in a speech to the Nation tonight.

It is important to notice that for the prophecies concerning the time of the Tribulation the nation of Egypt must be against the State of Israel. With Mubarak honoring the peace treaty he signed with Israel this could not come to pass.

The vice president Suleiman has kept good relations with Israel and I have to assume that he will not eventually be selected to lead the Nation of Egypt.

Nando

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41506482/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/?gt1=43001

Egypt’s Mubarak to step down, sources say

NBC News is told VP will take over; protesters fear a military coup

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NBC, msnbc.com and news services NBC, msnbc.com and news services
updated 12 minutes ago 2011-02-10T16:43:35
breaking news

CAIRO — Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak is to step down Thursday night, two sources told NBC News, as widespread protests against his 30-year rule continue to grip the country.

Following an all-day meeting of the country’s supreme military council, the army said all of the protesters’ demands would be met and that a further statement was due to be made later Thursday that would clarify the situation.

NBC News reported that a high-ranking source inside the president’s office said Mubarak would step down and the newly appointed vice president, Omar Suleiman, would take over. This was then confirmed by a second source.

The news came following repeated warnings by members of the regime of a military crackdown or coup.

Some pro-democracy protesters reacted cautiously, saying they would only believe Mubarak was really resigning when he announces it on state television.

Video: Reports: Mubarak stepping down tonight (on this page)Mubarak was expected to formally announce his departure in an address to the nation tonight.

Al-Arabiya television news said there were reports that Mubarak had gone to the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik with his army chief of staff.

He was not present at Thursday’s supreme council meeting, despite being the commander in chief of Egypt’s armed forces. Suleiman, a former army general and intelligence chief named to his post after the protests erupted Jan. 25, was also not there.

Live blog: U.S. reacts cautiouslyA spokesman read a statement that the council was in permanent session to explore “what measures and arrangements could be made to safeguard the nation, its achievements and the ambitions of its great people.”

The statement was labeled “communique number 1,” a phrasing that The Associated Press said suggested a military coup could be under way.

Video: Mubarak to step down (on this page)Footage on state TV showed Defense Minster Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi chairing the meeting of two dozen stern-faced army officers, seated around a table. At Tantawi’s right was military chief of staff Gen. Sami Anan.

State TV announced that the supreme council had expressed its “support of the legitimate demands of the people.”

Gen. Hassan al-Roueini, military commander for the Cairo area, told thousands of protesters in central Tahrir Square, “All your demands will be met today.”

‘Mission accomplished’
Thousands of Egyptian protesters gathered in central Cairo roared their approval after reports came that Mubarak was to step down.

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Some in the crowd held up their hands in V-for-victory signs, shouting “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great,” a victory cry used by secular and religious people alike.

“The army and the people in one hand, the army and the people are united,” protesters chanted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, which has become the locus of the mass movement pressing for Mubarak’s ouster, Al Jazeera reported.

“Mission accomplished. Thanks to all the brave young Egyptians #Jan25,” Google executive and protest leader Wael Ghonim tweeted.

Others were more cautious.

“It’s a good development, but we really want to know if it will be a military government or not. That’s our fear,” Ahmed Medhat, a 41-year-old film director who was in the square earlier Thursday, said.

“Maybe it will be a military government for five months, it will be ok. But forever?” he said. “We are waiting to take a decision. Will it be a military government? Maybe we stay and we are not going home again.”

“We are waiting for the new government,” he added. “We are waiting for the speech of the president tonight. I believe that no one, nobody knows what happens tomorrow.”

Hany Eissa, a 36-year-old Egyptian filmmaker who has attended the protests almost daily, said people were “fired up … waiting for the demands to be met.”

“If you deal with someone who is fluent in lying all the time, you don’t know what’s going to happen. We just hope that this time would be serious,” he added.

Nevine Zaki tweeted that, “ironically enough, the only credible source to confirm this news is State Television.” “Everybody, BREATHE could this be a trick to empty #tahrir square?” he added.

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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.

“I’m expecting him to pass his decision for the constitution amendments and for him to go to the constitution and transmit his authorities as president to his vice president,” Badrawi told Channel 4 News.

Badrawi added that Mubarak had made the decision reluctantly.

“He sees himself as someone who served his country,” Badrawi said. “He made mistakes but he sees himself as someone that does not deserve getting out of power, of his service, that way. At the same time he realizes that it’s the time to change. That’s my impression in the last two days.”

However, Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq told state television on Thursday that Mubarak was “in his position.”

“No decisions have been passed on from the president. Everything is normal. Everything is still in the hands of the president,” Shafiq said when asked if Mubarak had stepped down.

“The supreme leader (Mubarak) is informed of everything going on inside the Higher Military Council,” he said.

A White House spokesman described the situation in Egypt as “fluid” but declined to comment further.

Strikes, protests, rioting
The news came as protesters defied government threats of a military crackdown with doctors in white lab coats and lawyers in black robes streaming into the square as labor unrest spread across the country.

The strikes had given powerful momentum to Egypt’s wave of anti-government protests — now in their 17th day — and with its efforts to manage the crisis failing, the government threatened the army could impose martial law.

And, for the second day, crowds angry over lack of housing rioted in the Suez Canal city of Port Said.

They set fire to the local headquarters of state security, the main post office and the governor’s offices, which had already been partially burned the day before. It appeared police and soldiers were not intervening.

News that Mubarak was to stand down came shortly after the regime seemed to be threatening a military crackdown.

Speaking to the Arab news network Al-Arabiya on Thursday, Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said that if “adventurers” take over the process of reform the military “will be compelled to defend the constitution and national security … and we’ll find ourselves in a very grave situation.”

The night earlier, he was more explicit, saying in an interview with “PBS NewsHour” that there would be chaos if Mubarak stepped down immediately.

“Do we want the armed forces to assume the responsibility of stabilizing the nation through imposing martial law, and army in the streets?” he said.

It was the second coup warning to the protesters this week, with Prime Minister Omar Suleiman making similar threats Tuesday.

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February 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm