One of Egypt's leading opposition figures, Mohamed ElBaradei, says that Pres. Hosni Mubarak's pledge to not seek reelection is an "act of deception". Don't miss Anderson's exclusive interview with ElBaradei tonight on 360º. Plus, the latest on the anger in Egypt's streets. Back here at home, we're tracking the dangerous winter storm moving across the U.S.
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After a massive protest today in Cairo, Egypt President Hosni Mubarak announced to his country that he won't seek another term. The protesters aren't happy with that decision. They want him gone now.
"My first priority is to retain the stability and security of the nation, in order for a peaceful transition to power in an environment that will protect Egypt and Egyptians and will allow for the transition of power for whoever is selected by the people for the forthcoming elections," Mubarak said in his taped announcement aired just a couple hours ago.
Those elections are scheduled for September.
President Obama had a different message tonight for Pres. Mubarak when they spoke on the phone.
"What is clear and what I indicated tonight to President Mubarak is my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, must be peaceful and it must begin now, " said Pres. Obama.
The key words: must begin now.
Anderson will talk that over with our panel of experts. He'll be reporting live from Cairo tonight along with CNN's Ben Wedeman and Ivan Watson. We'll also check in with Nic Robertson who is in Alexandria, Egypt, where there was a clash between anti and pro-Mubarak followers.
Our other big story tonight is the massive storm that's brought ice, snow and brutal winds to areas from Texas to the Great Lakes and is taking aim at the Northeast. More than 30 states and up to 100 million people will be in the dangerous weather system. There are blizzard conditions in Chicago, where up to two feet of snow could fall. CNN's Rob Marciano joins us from there with the latest.
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Washington (CNN) - A U.S. envoy sent by President Barack Obama urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to announce he won't run for re-election later this year, sources told CNN on Tuesday.
Mubarak announced on state television Tuesday night that he won't run and would work to bring about some of the reforms sought by the protesters in his remaining months in office.
The U.S. move signaled a major shift in its foreign policy regarding Egypt, the main Arab ally of the United States and a vital partner in the Middle East peace process because of its 1978 treaty with Israel.
According to the sources, who spoke on condition of not being identified by name, former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Frank Wisner conveyed the message to Mubarak in Egypt. It was unclear if the meeting was Monday or Tuesday.
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Reporter's Note: The president is tending to his business in DC and I’m tending to mine in Nevada this week; from whence comes today’s letter.
Dear Mr. President,
As is so often the case during these road trips, I am already exhausted. Heaven knows why. It doesn’t seem as if we are working all that hard. I guess it has just been the running around, the wind, the cold, and the long hours; or some nasty combination of them all, but I could sure use a nap. Still, why am I complaining to you? You must feel that way many days.
Despite all that, I saw something interesting today. We took a ride out to an immense solar field east of Las Vegas, and it was quite impressive. I don’t know how many times you have been around these things, but it was comprised of endless rows of shiny black panels pointed at the sun and silently doing their work. The guy we were with told me that they have about a million solar cells there, and lacking the time or inclination to count them, I’m taking him at his word.
The plant is located near the tiny town of Boulder City, because that’s where the solar folks can tap into the massive distribution lines that serve Hoover Dam. That way they can get their clean, green energy to customers all over the west.
Maybe that would be obvious to someone smarter, but I have to admit I had never really thought about it before. It did not occur to me with all this talk of solar and wind power that just building the facilities, as so many communities want, will prove useless unless they are close enough to distribution lines to get that power to the places where it is needed.
Anyway, the folks in Boulder City have realized that this gives them something of a natural leg up in the fight to be leaders in this new, clean, green energy race. And as much as communities in Nevada are struggling, you’ve got to wish them well.
That’s about it for today. Like I said, I’m a little too tired to go on much further. You know that I’d always appreciate a call, but frankly if you can wait until I get home, I’d appreciate that even more.
Speaking of needing some alternative energy…ha!