As a new day begins in Cairo, an old regime is still in power. That's not what the massive crowd of anti-Mubarak protesters expected when they gathered in Tahrir Square to hear Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak speak to the nation. All day there were rumors he was stepping down. That's not the case.
However, Mubarak's regime is claiming he transferred his power to his vice president.
"The vice president is the de facto president," Egypt's ambassador to the United States, Sameh Shoukry, told CNN, shortly after Mubarak's speech.
Yet, the reality is Vice President Omar Suleiman is part of the same ruthless regime. He was just appointed to the new role on January 29th by President Mubarak.
Another reality: The Egyptian Constitution prohibits Suleiman from gaining the power to dismiss the parliament or the government, and the power to ask for amendments to the Constitution is still in Mubarak's hands. However, Suleiman can oversee the Interior Ministry, the police and other agencies, and negotiate with opposition parties.
But the harshest reality for the many people in Egypt is that Mubarak is still the president and still in the country. He will hold that title until elections take place in September.
"The transfer of the responsibility is going to be for the one who the people will choose as their leader in transparent and free elections," said Mubarak.
His message was met with anger in the streets of Cairo.
"Get out! Get out!," many cried out in Tahrir Square as he addressed the nation.
That message was not received. So, a crowd of protesters marched to the presidential palace and the offices of state-run Nile TV.
Tonight on 360°, we'll show you what's happening now on the streets of Cairo. There's concern that tomorrow could be a dangerous day in the city, with perhaps the largest protest yet. We'll also look at how the Obama administration and many others were led to believe Mubarak would step down.
Join us for those angles and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.
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