Breaking News: Mubarak likely to step Down

There are reports coming from all news sources that Mubarak is “likely to cede power” sometime tonight.

President Hosni Mubarak will meet the demands of protesters, military and ruling party officials, the Associated Press reported Thursday, in the strongest indication yet that Egypt’s longtime president may be about to give up power.

The military’s supreme council was meeting Thursday, without Mubarak, its commander in chief, and announced on state TV its “support of the legitimate demands of the people,” AP said.

CIA director Leon Panetta, testifying on Capitol Hill Thursday, told the House Intelligence Committee”there is a strong likelihood that Mubarak will step down this evening.”

Most reports indicate that he will turn power over to new VP Omar Suleiman and the Egyptian military.

There is a strong likelihood that embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will step down Thursday night, CIA Director Leon Panetta told the U.S. Congress.

Mubarak has agreed to yield power to his vice president, a senior U.S. official told CNN, citing contacts within the Egyptian government.

This official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information, said that given the mixed signals sent throughout the crisis that “we need to see it happen.”

But the source said the information came from reliable and ranking officials in the Mubarak regime. Asked when the transfer of power might take place, the official said: “We are told soon is the plan.”

The secretary-general of Egypt’s ruling party confirmed Thursday that a transition was underway and he expected Mubarak to address the nation soon.

This happened as a general strike by all levels of Egyptians began. There’s some indication that protests may not end

Thursday’s sudden developments came as thousands of Egyptians again took to the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian towns and cities, calling for President Mubarak to step down.

Doctors, bus drivers, lawyers and textile workers were on strike in Cairo on Thursday, with unions reporting walkouts and protests across the country.

The BBC’s Jon Leyne, in Cairo’s Tahrir (Liberation) Square, the focal point of the anti-Mubarak protests, reports that the protesters there are starting to celebrate after hearing news of Mr Mubarak’s possible departure.

But Egyptian Information Minister Anas el-Fekky told Reuters news agency: “The president is still in power and he is not stepping down. The president is not stepping down and everything you heard in the media is a rumour.”

94 Comments on “Breaking News: Mubarak likely to step Down”

  1. Branjor says:

    Copied this from the very last sentence of the Wapo article you linked to above:

    ***Demonstrators are calling for a “million man” protest Friday.***

    It would be good if Mubarak was gone, but I still fear for women in the aftermath of this revolution.

  2. Fannie says:

    Coup………no surprise.

    • Inky says:

      Why do you call it a coup? It’s true that, for now, Sulieman is trying to hang on to the reins of power, but Mubarak’s ouster was instigated by an incredibly broad-based and growing popular revolt, not by a small group of usurpers, which is what is meant by a coup.

      Events in Egypts are still only beginning to unfold. None of us knows how it will play out, but there is at least some cause to be hopeful (and even joyful).

      • dakinikat says:

        It seems to be a soft coup because the military is putting pressure on the president. Not a traditional coup.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I think it’s a military coup to install Suleiman. Then the crackdown will come.

      • Fannie says:

        I’m just looking over history…….and what
        I’ve seen in these situations. You are right, we don’t know how it will play out, but I am on the side of the people. Will they get what they want, will they settled for less, or will they end up settling for what they will get from the Military.

        I am reminded of Russia, and Putin.

      • Branjor says:

        Yes, I think it’s a military coup too, probably to install Suleiman. Reading it, I thought it was strange that the military had suddenly switched loyalties from Mubarak to the protesters.

      • dakinikat says:

        The square has been shouting “civil”

      • It hasn’t switched loyalties. I think they’re more worried about the general strike having a real impact on civil unrest.

        I agree.

    • Branjor says:

      It hasn’t switched loyalties.

      Yes, ‘switched loyalties’ should have been in quotes.

  3. Peggy Sue says:

    This is very good news. Now we all have to keep our fingers crossed that the situation doesn’t spin into chaos. I think there’s a good chance here that Egypt may be poised for genuine transformation if they have a chance to bolster and nurture democratic institutions with the right people, in the right places.

    I felt a moment of real fear listening to the young Google executive say he and his friends were prepared to die for the cause. I’m sure that’s where you have to be to push for change under these regimes but those tanks and armaments are very real and show no mercy. I thought OMG, we’re going to end up with a bloodbath tomorrow.

    I hope for the country and the region that the Egyptian people pull this off. If they do, it will be a truly stunning achievement.

  4. dakinikat says:

    monaeltahawy Mona Eltahawy
    Remember that it was military police behind disappearances, detentions and torture over past few days. Free civilian-ruled #Egypt! #Jan25

    I’m thinking a lot about this. The VP and the military aren’t a real change.

    I wonder if the protesters will stop and I wonder how much real change this brings.

    It seems like they’re trying to stop the momentum towards people rule in some ways.

    • cwaltz says:

      That’s what I’m thinking too. This is about changing puppeteers and hoping perception changes as a result.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Plus this is exactly what the U.S. wants. Strongman torturer in control.

      • paper doll says:

        bostonboomer says:
        Plus this is exactly what the U.S. wants. Strongman torturer in control.

        yup. They saved this non concession of Mubarak stepping down for a rainy day and storms were in the forecast….now the protesters will be expected to stop….why because one of the world’s most blood soaked torturer is in charge? I hope not

  5. Pat Johnson says:

    I’ll wait for the outcome before I get my hopes too high.

    This much needed change also strikes me that the Egyptian leaders have not suddenly been visited by an “epiphany” where they stand back to reconsider their position and are siding with the people.

    It’s what comes after that counts.

  6. They said the kids couldn’t do it.

    The people have my solidarity. I think the strikes have made the difference. I don’t think the Mubarak regime or even the US thought the protesters would go there.

    MSNBC Maddow and others saying Suleiman may have short term transitional role but they don’t think he’ll be able to stay long term bc the people have rejected him… from their lips to the universe’s ears.

  7. switched to Wolf (yuck)n for a sec just to see what the CNN headline is–

    CNN says Egypt is denying Mubarak is leaving?

  8. Obama is such a loser. Why is encouraging a pep rally atmosphere at this moment?

    • dakinikat says:

      I think the purpose of the presser is not about Egypt. It just got added in at the last moment. It is a WTF rally. They’ve got the wall paper up and everything. It’s too sell us on how good it will feel when they take more stuff away from us and give it to their corporate donors.

      • I figured that. Unfortunate that all channels were turning to his feed to get his reaction to this moment in history and the first thing we saw was basically POTUS grunting.

    • “We are watching history unfold. Moment of transformation…. young people have been at the forefront… your generation who wants their voices to be heard…”

      Whatever, O. you were gutless… on the wrong side of that history.

  9. Ghonim is saying Mission Accomplished.

  10. Minkoff Minx says:

    Just joining the party. So Mubarak is ready to make announcement?

  11. Dario says:

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has expressed regrets for the death of Egyptian Khairy Ramadan Aly

    On behalf of all the men and women of the State Department and USAID, I offer our condolences to the friends and loved ones of Khairy Ramadan Aly, a member of our Embassy family in Cairo who went missing from his home on January 28 and has now been confirmed dead. Mr. Aly was a carpenter in the Embassy’s Facilities Office with 18 years of dedicated service. We join his family, friends and colleagues in Egypt in mourning this loss. Throughout this period, many Egyptian employees of the U.S. Mission have continued to work alongside their American colleagues in Cairo and Alexandria. The United States is grateful for their contributions, commitment and sacrifice during this difficult time.

  12. Mubarak sure is taking his time to let go, if he’s stepping down.

  13. Minkoff Minx says:

    oxfordgirl 2:05pm via TweetDeck
    Mubarak can hand over his power to VP, but to do this under constitution must remain President in name #egypt #Jan25

    If #Mubarak now comes on & says he is handing powers 2 Suleiman, but staying President in name, I fear all hell will let loose #egypt #Jan25

  14. Minkoff Minx says:

    REUTERSFLASH 1:54pm via Web

    Mubarak will announce constitutional procedures before handing over powers – al Arabiya
    Retweeted by monaeltahawy

  15. Minkoff Minx says:

    oxfordgirl 2:16pm via TweetDeck

    45 minutes to go, Inshallah it will be bye bye from #Mubarak

  16. Minkoff Minx says:

    9:04pm has linked to our the Al Jazeera channel across their entire site.

    via Live blog Feb 10

  17. “Fever pitch at Liberation Square” — that’s what I heard on AJE.

    I just put this video from “Departure Friday” last week up on my blog, in solidarity. Putting it here too for luck. Fingers crossed.

  18. bostonboomer says:

    Can someone please explain to me why Chris Matthews seems to be anchoring the MSNBC coverage? The man is a complete idiot. He even claimed that the U.S. is playing “no role” in the events in Egypt.

  19. Minkoff Minx says:

    Robert Naiman: Egypt Protesters on Verge of Victory? Watch for the Demands

    Four key demands have been constantly lifted up by protesters and opposition parties which are essential for a credible transition to democracy: ending the arbitrary detention and harassment of journalists, human rights activists, and peaceful demonstrators, and freeing those who have been detained; ending the state of emergency; allowing free electoral competition in elections; and restoring full judicial supervision of elections.

    End arbitrary detentions and release those detained: some reports have put the number of people arrested in Egypt since massive protests began on January 25 at more than ten thousand. Obviously, so long as journalists, human rights workers, and peaceful protesters are being arrested without charge, Egypt is not on a path to democracy.

    End the state of emergency: in 2008 the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights called the emergency law “the main source for violations against human rights,” noting “a close relationship between the declaration of a state of emergency” and a pattern of routine torture. The emergency law allows the government to arrest people without charge, detain prisoners indefinitely, and limit freedom of expression and assembly.

    Guarantee electoral competition: under current Egyptian law, a candidate for President would need 250 signatures from Egypt’s lower and upper houses and municipal councils, all of which are overwhelmingly dominated by the ruling party. Thus, under current law, the ruling party has an effective veto over who can run against it.

    Restore full judicial supervision of elections: in 2007, the Mubarak government abolished full judiciary supervision over elections, which had served as a minimum guarantee against fraud.

  20. From a commenter on my blog (Joyce Arnold):

    Al Jazeera, reported by them as unconfirmed, that the Egyptian military wouldn’t allow Mubarak to announce Suleiman as successor.

  21. dakinikat says:

    Just got this tweet:

    ElBaradei Mohamed ElBaradei
    I am closely following the situation. We are almost there #Jan25

  22. bostonboomer says:

    Obama is getting advice on Egypt from Elliott Abrams. Good grief!

    • I think Obama has proven he’s irrelevant the past three weeks. imho.

    • bostonboomer says:

      In the WH meeting press were told that they are having trouble getting SOS Clinton “on board” with the WH message. What is the WH message? Gobblty-gook.

    • Laura Rozen:

      The sense of mixed messages coming from the administration became acute over the weekend, a day after U.S. officials had made clear Washington was pressing for Hosni Mubarak’s swift exit from office.

      While U.S. officials moved quickly to distance the administration from remarks made Saturday by White House Egypt special envoy Frank Wisner that Hosni Mubarak should stay on as president during the transition to oversee constitutional reforms, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seemed to endorse a more gradual transition process in remarks over the weekend to a Munich security conference. She later seemed to defend the logic of Mubarak staying on during the transition in remarks to journalists traveling back to Washington with her on Sunday.


  23. Fannie says:

    Where the hell is he, taking a nap?

  24. Seeing this circulate on twitter:

    Uninstalling dictator in progress …99.9% complete #Egypt #Jan25 #Tahrir #Mubarak

  25. He’s speaking… doesn’t sound like he’s leaving.

  26. dakinikat says:

    Okay, he’s just making more empty promises …

    this is starting off like Nixon’s I am not a crook speech

  27. Fannie says:

    Doesn’t sound like he is stepping down, but putting everybody in prison.

  28. bostonboomer says:

    Mubarak in a nutshell:

    Mistakes were made, but I’m not going anywhere.

  29. He’s made a fool of the CIA.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Not very smart. They assassinate leaders who do that.

    • WomanVoter says:

      Pres. @Obama spoke in Michigan, he said“We are witnessing history unfold,” #jan25 #Egypt #Tahrir #Dictator #Mubarak won’t go:☎ 202-456-1414

      Either Obama is doing what Adviser Zbignew Brzezinski is suggesting via the channels or he got ‘punked’ by Mubarak. After all, he negotiated away the Public Option and threw us under the auto bus!

  30. bostonboomer says:

    Change we can believe in…if we’re delusional.

  31. This is completely verbatim what the Al Arabiya report said he would say.

  32. WomanVoter says:

    #Mubarak, I will get to the bottom of this crisis & find this #dictator that has caused this #crisis, blah, blah, blah #egypt #jan25 #tahrir

    My not too diplomatic assessment of Hosni ‘Dictator’ Mubarak’s speech to the the Egyptian people.

  33. bostonboomer says:

    He thinks the protesters are complaining because they don’t like his personality?!

  34. Fannie says:

    “I’ve done everything for you” he says.

  35. bostonboomer says:

    The crowd is no longer happy. Throwing shoes in the air.

  36. OMG Wolf Blitzer is soooo stupid, the crowds are roaring for Mubarak to leave…

    and Wolf says he’s confused why the crowd is exuberant over Mubarak’s speech.

  37. Fannie says:

    What bullshit.

  38. zaladonis says:

    Anderson Cooper sounds like a fool, too.

    I don’t understand why everybody’s so surprised.

    People really have come to believe life is like a video game.