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February 10th, 2011
09:54 PM ET

Mubarak Defies Rumors, Not Stepping Down: Join the Live Chat

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The biggest protest yet could take place in Cairo Friday after President Mubarak defied rumors and didn't not step down. Instead he "delegated powers" to the his vice president. We'll have the latest developments from Egypt and tonight's other headlines.

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  1. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Rose -CA

    I agree with you re: Obama got bad advice from his people.
    On the other hand, it would seem that the whole world was mislead by Mubarak today.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  2. Cory

    I wonder what would have happened without Facebook, twitter, the live feeds, correspondents, etc. Did it make a difference??

    February 10, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  3. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Has anyone heard form Hillary Clinton today? It looks like the entire White House is at a real loss for words.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  4. carlos

    several news sources have estimated Mubarak's family net worth at $70 Billion ... that's nearly a full year's GDP for all of Egypt! How sad that the raping of the country must continue until the coffers are completely empty.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  5. Jana, Georgia

    Good question Anderson about the role the military might be playing. I have wondered about that and worried as to what they might do to the people in the square.

    I remember what happened in Tiannama (sp) square years ago.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  6. petra / jordan

    Good evening everyone,I could'nt stop myself from sharing my admiration and respect for the Egyption people, who proved with their peacefull and presistant protests, that they are one of the greatest nation on earth. And to Olla I say that you must be a very proud Egyptian.

    Thank you Anderson for a great and fair coverage.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  7. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    The day-to-day developments are now quite predictable, yet I feel like I'm holding my breath.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  8. Maya

    Anderson, Your coverage of Egypt is the best Thanks.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  9. Dan in California

    If he stays or if he goes is, it seems to me, a distinction without a difference. If his puppet VP carries out the same policies, what difference does it make whether Mubarack is in Cairo or Paris or the North Pole?
    If they are sufficienly strong, strings can be effectively pulled from anywhere.
    Symbolism is important, but does it matter when the game is hardball?

    February 10, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  10. muhammad ebaid

    to cnn crew,

    the armed forces are gathered now to study the situation , an important announcement is about to be revealed so soon.

    trusted source . please announce

    February 10, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  11. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Do,you think that the people, will attack the Presidential Palace? And will the Army kill?

    February 10, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  12. Barbara Laabs

    I don't think these people should shed any more blood. They should all go outside the Palace and Murbark should be deaf within a day or two!

    Many Americans and people all around the world are praying for the Egyptian people.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  13. Lindsey (Canada)

    Oh boy, I think if the protesters try to enter state TV or the presidential palace, the army will show their true colours

    February 10, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  14. Abdelrahman

    Hello i am from egypt and the egyptian military just sent me an sms saying that: "the armed forces are now gathered to study the situation and will say an important announcment to the people".

    February 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  15. brian

    Wake Up Mubarak! Nobody can be that stupid, The protesters say it all & he still saids nothing, It now boils down to ~ Not love of his people or country... Its love of his Power

    February 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  16. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse, "Sounds like Mubarak played Obama pretty good."

    Obama got punked.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  17. Sayed

    Arwa,

    My sincere apology for the harassment and violence that you and your team faced today in Egypt. I greatly appreciate the excellent reporting that you and the CNN team do covering the events in Egypt and exposing the repressive Mubarak regime for what it actually is.

    Sayed

    February 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  18. Dr. Lee

    our hands have blood, because we supported a military dictator for 30 some years.
    Now their people want him out, but he is using his military power to stay in control.
    USA should never supported any government that uses our money to suppress their own people any more.
    our senators should issue a strong warning to the leaders of Egypt and all countries getting our financial helps, it is time for them to give their power back to their people. It is time for USA to stop all helps to military of Egypt.
    best regards
    Dr. Lee

    February 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  19. Deborah from NY

    Do we have any idea on the availability of food and medicine available to the people of Egypt with all that has been happening?

    February 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  20. Awad

    Hey Anderson, Fouad, and wounderful 360 staff.
    Mubarak, without a doubt, has lost touch with reality. The guy cannot comprehend what
    is happining around him any more. He is losing his mind. As a result, he want to push Egypt into a state of chaos to get back to those youth who fired him. Such a man can no longer be trusted to stay in Egypt for another day.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  21. Emily

    @Jana, Georgia,
    "I wonder why Obama didn't speak live after Mubarak spoke..."
    Hi Jana!
    There seems to be many things that Obama could have done differently. I think that he should really say something now, in defense of the protesters, after those two speeches from Mubarak & Suleiman.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  22. Carolyn

    Such a dramatic day, to be sure... the Egyptian people have practiced passive resistance and peaceful protest... it's a new day... what comes next??

    February 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  23. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Maha

    I hope you and your people are able to keep the demonstrations peaceful.

    I hope that the Egytian Army will not betray you and the rest of the demonstrators.
    I hope the Army will keep its' word Not the Harm the People.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  24. Mary

    These young protesters, how sad an idiot cant listen. I say take him down,like Saddam.
    God Bless the Eqyptians!

    February 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  25. Sahar from brookln,ny

    Hi there I'm an egyption American lived in Egypt for more than half of my life and I'm teling you that Moubark implanted souliman to continue his mission which is destroying the rest of Egypt and the Egyption

    February 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  26. Anthony P Mulisya

    I am from Africa,I live under Mobutu's dictatureship, after 30 years on power, people like Mubarak cannot understand the language of freedom. i am afrai that violence will follow

    February 10, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  27. Cessy - Chicago

    Isn't Suleiman an intelligence officer?

    would'nt he and Mubarak control the Army?

    February 10, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  28. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Starr: I feel that President Obama got some bad advice or report from his people.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  29. Daniel R, Ohio

    It is apparent that Mubarak has played a card today which he recently prepared for in advance. Only in the past few weeks has he appointed a Vice President. He has now acted upon article 82 of their constution which speaks to a "temporary" situation. A copy of Article 82 of their Constution follows:

    Article 82
    If on account of any temporary obstacle the President of the Republic is unable to carry out
    his functions, he shall delegate his powers to a vice-president.

    That is it (translated to english), plain and Simple!

    February 10, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  30. Maha

    Anderson,
    I believe that the three Egyptians left who were following D-Nile TV or any of the other ERTU channels have turned away from it. If it wasn't for all the foreign media in Egypt at the moment none of us would know what is going on, much less have a voice outside the borders of our cities.
    If my illiterate maid turns away from state TV because she sees it as "full of liars" then you can rest assured that a huge percentage of Egyptian adults have turned to Arabic and non-Arabic satellite channels for accurate and objective coverage of events.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  31. yasmin

    Hi cooper

    I would love to get in Mubarak's head and know what he is thinking. He clearly has no power over "his" people anymore. What is he still doing?

    February 10, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  32. Kaseem

    Hi. Can we see a clip of the actual speech? Im just hearing opinions and commentary but none of the actual speech. So it's hard to determine any "defiance" in Mubaraks voice.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  33. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Jana,
    This is all so confusing. So who is in charge, Mubarak,Suleiman or the army.

    Ok, Suleiman will take over, (he will be charge) after Mubarak step down...... Don't be confusing now.... Maybe Army will take charge.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  34. Chi

    @Andrea 10:11 That is the definition of politics? So bloody. So sad.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  35. Carmen Barringer

    Word needs to get to the Egyptian protesters,that they should all sit down in silence to show the world they are innocent victims. Any violence perpetrated against them would cause an uproar against Mubarek worldwide.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  36. Alyssa

    Prayers for the Egyptian people, may God Bless you all and keep you strong.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  37. Sharon Hastings

    @Rasha: "for as long as he is President, no banks can freeze his accounts" You have a very important point I think. Many have felt that at least part of his "buying time" and staying is so that he and his family can get their money out and safe.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  38. Julie

    People are obviously nervous that the situation may turn more violent then it's been, but I have a feeling it will stay more peaceful then violent in the end. I'm not sure on how I feel about th U.S stepping in if it gets to far because we are already involved in so much.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  39. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "I agree and Suleiman tried to blame "the stations and the satellites" for the unrest."

    Suleiman seems much more of a nefarious individual to me! He's been the Director of their 'Intelligence Agency' for a number of years. I heard that he was trained in the US! Wouldn't that be ironic if true?

    February 10, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  40. harriet, boston

    The power and inspiration of this uprising lies in its inclusiveness and nonviolence. In a brutal, battered world only nonviolent revolution is truly revolutionary.

    Tonight, people of every faith (and even non-believers) are praying in every language for Egypt, for freedom, for peace.

    Mubarak– let your people go.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  41. Janis

    Remember the face of the young boy in the military in the newsclip video who was waving the gun around at the beginning of this revolt? He was so frightened.

    I think the Egyptian rank and file military are all in a horrible vulnerable position right now. They are trained professional men, yet they may be asked to do something they find morally wrong and repugnant against the country and people they love.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  42. Sammi

    Mubarak has let down the world, but more importantly, he has let down his people. To stay in office is asinine. This is asking for the smaller amount of violence to escalate as more people become enraged. I think he should, for the good of Egypt, reconsider and step-down, not to the side or be in the back where he will control everything anyway.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  43. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Alyssa, you are seeing the results of one with little foreign affairs experience.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  44. lisal -canada

    technology (other than television) reaches so many via facebook and twitter – i hope there are no "scams" out there, where someone uses a stolen phone account (or a user-name that has been hacked into) to call or rally groups of people under the pretense of being a friend and it turns out to be a setup – "trusted source" could take on a whole new meaning now and in the future

    February 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  45. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Some may feel that Mubarak took a "paternal" tone, but i feel it was down right insulting, as if he were speaking to idiots.

    I don't think that Pres.Obama should have spoken Before Mubarek's speech.

    Arwa D.'s story is truly frightening and discouraging. I remained stunned by some Egyptian people continue to believe that "western" people/journalists are "enemies".

    February 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  46. Uma, in Liverpool, UK

    Hosni Mubarak is only saying things that have been said before.

    'L'étât, c'est moi', and 'après moi, le déluge'. He believes he is Egypt, and Egypt is him. He keeps threatening chaos, if he isn't there to 'protect' the people.

    Decades of absolute power have made him delusional. It happens. It has always happened. Particularly at times of revolution.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  47. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Do you think in a few hours, there going to be pro-Mubarak attackers in the streets? If so, does CNN and other stations reporters have some kind of notcie?

    February 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  48. Nina

    Rhetoric and propaganda manipulating the crowds against the media in order to make them leave. Shows the power of these philosophies....

    February 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  49. Lori

    When will this end?

    February 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  50. Mei -AZ

    Wow this is all unbelievable

    February 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
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