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.
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I'm glad to see you in Cairo Egypt, hope you'll stay safe, and hope things will stabilize soon.
I'm a huge fan of your show and the bold moves you always make to be closer to the events, which gives your show big credibility.
I’m so glad you're close and watching the Irony from pro-stability protesters throwing Molotov cocktails, carrying weapons, and injuring a lot of peaceful pro-democracy protesters.
Today it appears Eygptian people are ready to give Mubarak a choice to either leave peacefully or feet first. Which ever way he chooses to go is none of our business.
A cry for help to my president pls stop this barbarian from killing the egyptian youth!hope my voice reacj him there is a massacre going on right this second and it's escalating
he shouldn't resign now whatever they do, till the secure n the safety of ppl n everything settle down, u don't have any idea about what is happening down on streets in popular areas n neighborhoods..
I understand why these people are protesting, but what I don't understand is why the US government preaches freedom, but has supported a dictator for the past 30 years? The US government says one thing and does another. Stand by your morals and not your pocketbook. Also, this is not a peaceful protest. 300 have died and the protesters don't understand why they have been killed? Burning and breaking in places in most places will get you shot, for breaking the law.
i think mubarak,s stubborn position towards the massive protesters strongly verifies the nasty nature of this type of tyrant leaders. they think they are more important more necessary to the country than the country itself. the existence of mubarak is more crucial to egypt than the existence of egypt itself he is godlike leader whose people must worship to proove they are good citezens.however, i must confess, it is we who should be blamed"the silent majority"
The guy is 82 years old probably has fortune tucked away somewhere and is clearly hated by" the people". He should go now ( he has no trust of the people) with an invitation to the Muslim brotherhood, plus say El Baradei and other political opponents and OK only if he resigns all his powers. He can then sit on the committee of transition.
The Police have no say other than to stop the looting/fight crime, And the Army elite must be sidelined/separated from political decisions as step one.QED the Intelligence chief and the senior Army Or air force generals are excluded from political positions.
Then the committee gets down to candidates for an elected governments candidates in all electoral areas A.s.a.p as they now exist. Election to be UN run and supervised.
A call goes out meantime for people who want to act as Foreign affairs ministers/ambassadors etc Home affairs Food and agriculture,labour and human services and economic Ministries.Along with a request to external professionals in those areas to advise/not decide how the committee proceeds. It is still possible that Mubarak has some voters who will back his so called party but he cannot be President again. A say two/three term 6 year limit must apply to any individual but not the party they represent for president.
I personally don't see why Mubarak doesn't go ahead and resign and go live with his family in Britain. But for whatever reason he doesn't think that is an option that he can take right now.
What bothers me is the US seeming to meddle in Egypt's political business. Back in the 60's and 70's when we had all the anti-war protests, the civil rights movement and violence in the streets in Watts and other places, no foreign government told us what we should do politically. If they had we wouldn't have cared for it overmuch. So why do we push our nose into Egypt's business – it is their government not ours. In doing this we just give the terrorists one more example of why they hate us. Maybe we need to back off and let Egypt resolve its problems on its own.
According to David Gergen, "the President would have been better off not saying anything on Egypt tonight. But this is the same David Gergen who loves to tell the President that he is slow in responding to these crises. I remember his comments clearly when there was a similar situation in Iran. Mr Gergen lambasted the President for being too slow with his response. The President obviously can't win with this guy.Mr. Gergen, you're very good at sitting on the sidelines and give advice. We would love to see you walk in the shoes of the President for a week. It would be interesting to see some of these 'great advisers' take on the role of President!
This is it. One I already sent it to you...but I think I'll send it to Piers instead...he's not part of a clique or doesn't show favouritism, at least not yet?
ElBaradei is only there five minutes & he seems to be a expert as to what should happen immediately in Egypt. After thirty years under this Dictator I think a lot of people would settle to have him gone in a few month's...especially when a smooth transition is so important. There's 81 million people in Egypt & 1 to 2 million protesting...so that mean 59 million if you take out the children didn't come out to speak yet.
Also, who's there to take over yet as there's no figurehead with even a day's experience to run a government for a country that size and be backed by the military as such would have to be the case? And each day this country is at a standstill it's economy is floundering not to mention the likelihood that there might be street battles between both sets of tribes as happened in Alexandria.
Yes, I agree Mubarak & ilk should go take a forever walk...but not in a way that would make that country & the rest of the world baulk.
The world owes Egypt's citizens respect for demonstrating how to demonstrate. They have every right to be angry but what do they do? They celebrate, they pray, they peacefully and respectfully protest. In the United States, we can take a lesson from one of the oldest "civilizations" in the world. May God bless the Egyptians and answer their prayers.
Hey Anderson, Great Reporting!
Just wanted to call your viewers attention that this is the start of a disaster in Egypt. Facts are 90% of the country is Islam 9% is Coptic Christian 1% is other. Mubarak is the only president in the histroy of Egypt who respects and works with the Coptic Pope. While 9% is nothing to some people this is a country of 80 Million. The road ahead for this country is going to be tough. It's so divded that there will be groups serously hurt in the times to come.
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