Mubarak’s “I am not Crook Speech”: He’s not going anywherePosted: February 10, 2011
Well, this is interesting. It seems that Al Ariabia got it right and every one else–including the Public face of our
CIA–was wrong. Mubarak says he’s going to be a figurehead and the Torture VP is going to do the official duties.
9.02pm GMT: No one in Tahrir Square is listening to the rest of the Mubarak speech. The chant is: “Get out, get out.”
“We will be dignified until the very end, may God preserve Egypt, may peace be upon you,” is Mubarak’s final remark.
No sign he’s leaving. The “I have been ignoring international pressure” line suggests this was a “I fight on” speech by Mubarak.
9pm GMT: Mubarak’s not stepping down, that much seems clear, although exactly what that means with his previous statements about the army implementing change isn’t clear.
Tahrir Square is going nuts, based on the live footage.
8.58pm GMT: “I have spent most of my life in defence of our homeland,” says Mubarak. “I have never succumbed to any international pressure…. I have my dignity intact.”
So he’s not stepping down, it seems.
8.53pm GMT: Mubarak says he’s asked for the amendment of articles 76, 77, 88, 93 and 181 of the constitution, and abolishing the controversial article 179.
Article 179 is the emergency law that has been a huge issue and a major demand of the protesters. The rest involve the powers and terms of the presidency but we’ll get more details later.
8.51pm GMT: Mentions that the reforms will be “implemented by our armed forces,” and on-going dialogue.
Talking about a “national dialogue” and a “road map that is very clear on a specific timetable … until September,” but follows this by talking about the various committees he has had set up.
I’m not sure more committees are going to cut it right now in Tahrir Square.
8.50pm GMT: Mubarak speaking: talking of a “smooth transition of powers” but not much detail yet.
8.49pm GMT: Mubarak reaffirms that he’s not standing for election as president and that power will be transfered to “whoever the electorate chooses in the new fair and square elections”.
8.48pm GMT: Mubarak speaking: mistakes were made, he says.
I can tell you that I as the president of the Republic I have to respond to your calls but I am also embarrassed, and I will not accept or listen to any foreign interventions.
8.46pm GMT Mubarak now speaking on state television.
I can tell you before anything else that the blood of your martyrs will not be wasted and that I will not be easy on punishing people who committed these crimes.
Says he will “respond to your demands and your voices” and carry our promises.
Is this an appeal to Egyptian people watching him from their sofas in their living rooms? He still seems to think that the protesters are still foreign agents and upset young people. What does he see as the difference between ‘delegating’ power and remaining in power?
President Hosni Mubarak addressed an expectant Egypt on Thursday, saying that he had delegated his powers to his vice president, Omar Suleiman, but would not leave the country, according to NBC News translation.
Saying he was addressing Egypt’s youth and people in Tahrir Square and the nation, he said he believed in the honesty of the demands of the protesters and their intentions.
“I am addressing from the heart,” he said. “The blood of the martyrs and injured will not go in vain … My heart aches for your heartache.”