February 10th, 2011
09:48 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Mubarak Doesn't Resign, Crowds Outraged

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

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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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Mary

    Maureen, I think CNN is missing important aspects of the story. How are the demonstrators surviving? Sleeping where. Eating how? What's happening to their families, parents wives, children? What's happening with trash and sewage in the square, hygiene? How about talking to some of the women in the square. Why are they there and what's happening to their families. When nothing much is happening in the square except shouting, the coverage gets boring just rebroadcasting what's been sent before or endlessly speculating. Fill in with color please!!

    February 11, 2011 at 12:27 am |
  2. sadia

    I think this guy he didnt get it... i cannot digest what he was trying to convey, he cannot let go the POWER I think he need psychologist who can teach him how to let go this addiction

    February 10, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  3. Clementine Davies-Becker

    Anderson, what I want to make clear here is that the military needs to remove its support form Mubarak and his small group of elite including the top raking officers within the military, becaue what can him and his elite including the small grop of top ranking offices do, if the majority of the arm forces join alliance with the people. if this is done him and his elite, and those top ranking officers will be forced to reconsider their decison.

    February 10, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  4. Bob

    We should start a worlwide boycott on Egypt's tourism, until Mubarak steps down... Mubarak's economic power is derived mainly from the tourist industry, without tourist dollars, mubarak may end up not being able to pay for his police and his army.... The police and the army is not going to work for free.... Without money to pay his police and his army, Mubarak sooner or later will fall...If you are worried that this boycott on Egypt's tourism will hurt the poor in Egypt, you can always make a donation to a non-profit in Egypt that deals directly with the poor....

    February 10, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  5. JD

    Did he say "Let them eat cake?" .... he has billions ... and seems like he does not know how to share. If only Bill Gates and some others could help him learn how to ....

    February 10, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  6. Amna

    The West is always confused about what jihad means to Muslims but what has been going on in Egypt for the last 17 days should finally tell the world what real jihad is all about. It's about fighting for basic human rights, declaring war on a regime like Mubarak's that has not provided for it's citizens and future generations and about picking up arms which in this case are media outlets and social networking sites to keep the call for revolution alive and going! I am in awe of the Egyptian people continuing to peacefully protest and pray that the outcome is all that they wanted and so much more than they could have ever hoped for!

    February 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  7. Karen New Zealand

    Hoping the Egyptian protestors hold tight to Nonviolence, and remember Gandhi WON!

    February 10, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  8. Lamiaa gouda

    This Mobarak was reminding egyptians that he was the one to raise the flag on Saini at the 1973 war, he forgot to mention that the leader was actually Sadat, not him, even if that was true, that doesn't give him the right to steel 70 billion from Egyptians, while they are sinking in poverty and starvation, he forgot to mention that because of his corrupt regime, cancer and virus C are multiplying there, education collapsed, human rights are gone, etc, he has to go, he has to go, enough is enough

    February 10, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  9. Lamiaa gouda

    Thank u AC for a great coverage, I was stunned, speechless, for the first time in my life I felt my face was sooo hot, yet my feet were sooo cold!!! I even thought may be I just didn't understand what he was saying, I didn't trust my Arabic, and after he finished I just froze for a minute. This is really not fare, I kept saying loud again and again, only god can help us from this guy.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Annie Kate

    Mubarak is not fooling the demonstrators; even with the "transfer of power" to the vice president it is still the same old thing with the same people. Mubarak says he wants what is best for Egypt; if that is true then he needs to quit teasing the protesters with the half-baked empty conciliatory gestures he is making and step down and get out of the country – otherwise I'm afraid things will get very bloody very soon. Does he really want to be remembered in history as the ruler that wouldn't go which invoked a revolution that resulted in great bloodshed?

    February 10, 2011 at 10:02 pm |