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Al Jazeera: Journalist Ahmed Abdel Jawad: Around 4,000 protesters are in front of the Egypt State TV building which is heavily protected
Al Jazeera: Journalist Ahmed Abdel Jawad: There are Presidential Guards around the State TV building and on the first floor of the building
9.48pm GMT: Mubarak's address was watched by President Obama onboard Air Force One. He is planning to go straight from his plane to meet with his national security team at the White House.
"This is not what the [US] administration was told President Mubarak was going to do," reports CNN political correspondent John King
RPG fired at Egyptian Security HQ in Rafah
Almanar TV saying that this speech is recorded and Mubarak is already in GERMANY
jeremyscahill Whoever gave Leon Panetta that "intelligence" on Mubarak stepping down tonight, awesome job
Alhura TV masked men firing machine guns and RPG at security forces in Rafah #Jan25
Hundreds of armed Egyptian Bedouins take control of security buildings in Rafah near #Gaza and other areas in Sinai. (via @ajtalk) #Jan25
The army is installing loud speakers in north area military command center, seems we will have an announcement #jan25 #Egypt
India, Pakistan to renew peace talks for first time since 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack (Ch. 10)
Report: Pakistan appears to expand nuclear site (Reuters)
Opposition leader Livni: This government weakens Israel, it's my calling to replace it (Ch. 10)
Army demolishes Negev Bedouin village Al-Araqib for 16th time in 6 months (Army Radio)
Israelis warned of terror threat on anniversary of assassination Hezbollah officials (Haaretz)
WikiLeaks: Syria, Qatar transferred $50 million to Hamas to keep holding Gilad Shalit (Ch. 10)
Abbas says UN Security Council to discuss settlements next week (DPA)
Report: Saudi king told Obama he would fund Egypt if U.S. withdrew support (Reuters)
China rejects foreign role in solving Egypt crisis (AP)
Egypt bus drivers go on strike as unrest spreads (AP)
Opposition party Tagammu pulls out of Egypt dialogue (Reuters)
CIA chief: Mubarak likely to step down this evening (Reuters)
Egypt information minister: Mubarak not stepping down (Reuters)
Al Arabiya: Mubarak travels to Red Sea resort with army chief of staff (Reuters)
Member of U.S. embassy in Cairo who went missing is confirmed dead (Haaretz)
Suleiman: Mubarak's announcement emphasizes his will to yield to the people's demands (Haaretz)
Defense Minister Barak: I don't see 'Iran scenario' happening in Egypt (Haaretz)
Obama: Mubarak unclear, must speak clearly about transfer of authority in Egypt (Haaretz)
I watched Amanpour's report on Egypt w/ several people and our jaws collectively dropped at her pro-Mubarak pro-Suleiman spin #jan25
jonsnowC4: There is talk of a General Strike in Egypt after Mubarak flunks leaving office
10 Thousand Protesters or More Currently Surrounding the State TV HQ .. #Cairo #Egypt #Day18
Reports that the road to cairo airport are now closed #egypt #jan25
Turkish president to visit Iran to build trade ties (DPA)
Iran opposition leader put under house arrest after voiced support for Egypt protests (AP)
Rallies begin in Iran to mark the 32nd anniversary of the 1979 Revolution (DPA)
U.S. Treasury: Lebanese bank laundering millions to Hezbollah-linked group (AP)
NATO's chief called on Albania on Monday to uphold the alliance's democratic values, urging a peaceful resolution to a political crisis that has left four protesters dead.
NATO-led forces have dealt significant losses to the Taliban in Afghanistan but the rebels are spoiling for a tough fight in the spring to regain their sanctuaries, the alliance's top commander warned.
More protesters are making their way from #Tahrir to the presidential palace in #Heliopolis
Army officer Ahmad Shuman speaking on AlJazeera from Tahrir: I joined people. Army should protect people not regime
Al Jazeera: Around 7,000 protesters have reached the presidential palace.
At checkpoints leading to TV building, TV employees are not allowed in
from presid. palace: we receive commands directly from Mubarak. He ordered to shoot, but no one here will follow this command #jan25 #tahrir
Egypt's Minister of Finance Minister Samir Radwan is putting out the message, "The nightmare of a coup is very bad for everybody, for the young people, for the economy."
Gaber Asfour, who resigned as Minister of Culture this week "for health reasons", has set out the real motives behind his departure. Asfour noted that the situation had become so bad that no policeman would sit at the same table with former Minister of Interior Minister Habib El Adly, "who was behind the attack on the young demonstrators". He then said that he was "very surprised that [the new] government is not a government or a coalition of national salvation" but is still in the hands of the ruling National Democratic Party.
State TV says Vice President Omar Suleiman has asked Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq to appoint a Deputy Prime Minister from the Council of Elders to "lead the national dialogue".
"There is no question that what we are seeing happening in Egypt will have tremendous impact," Panetta told the House Intelligence Committee. "If it's done right, it will help us a great deal in trying to promote stability in that part of the world. If it happens wrong, it could create some serious problems for us and for the rest of the world."
Army statement : go back to work, stop strikes, wait till September.. but will not fire on people
Army statement : go back to work, stop strikes, wait till September.. but will not fire on people
Basically siding with Mubarak in a transition of power in September...
Big confrontation building at State TV. Army protecting it. Crowds gathering in siege
army provided buses to get people home from the palace, asking them not to protest - AJE
Army officer tries to read out Mil Communique to protesters outside palace but gets heckled
the new statement from the army was an edited version of what Mubarak said last night - people very annoyed
1+ million in Tahrir square already... a few thousands near the Presidential Palace
"If they threaten you with the whole world will fight you, don't fear them, If they threaten you with all the weapons in the world don't fear them, because God will give victory to the people of justice and not people of tyranny!/Friday prayer speech in alexandria
Some reports that people are asking to god for martyrdom and doing the prayer muslims do before going to war in Tahrir square
Hundreds approaching State TV from backroad parallel to Corniche.
Egypt's military has endorsed the transfer of powers from embattled President Hosni Mubarak to Vice President Omar Suleiman and called for a return to normal life in the Egyptian capital, wracked for 18 days by anti-Mubarak demonstrations.
Reports of snipers on top of the Presidential Palace and on buildings around the palace
Army officer in front of palace told protesters they should treat Mubarak with "dignity"
March from Alexandria to the palace going on...
Govt. buildings in Suez being taken over & reports of police joining protesters there.
Army at the palace spoke now that he is Egyptian and won't harm us but pls don't pass the closed line
Mahalla, Tanta, Mansourah, bani Sueif, Cairo, Alexandria, Suez - all have major demonstrations demanding ouster of Mubarak/Suleiman
NDP website seems hacked. Now reads: "Closed until dropping Mubarak & the regime"
The barbed wire fences around the Presidential Compound have been electrocuted. Please warn people! #Egypt #Tahrir #Jan25
Wael @ghonim demanding the resignation of the information minister, demanding 'freedom of expression' #Jan25 #Egypt
Danish PM becomes the first EU leader to call for Mubarak to step down. via Al Jazeera English #Egypt #Tahrir #jan25
Mubarak and his family left CAIRO for a break : Al Arabiya
Field hospital already established on grass near presidential palace managed by sweet Santa-like volunteer doctor #jan25 #Egypt
Military blocking the road to the Presidential Palace but numbers there are still increasing - up to 1000 people at the moment.
AJ : 100s of thousands heading towards El Tin Palace in #Alexandria
Earlier yesterday, I spoke to Wael Ghonim and he told me to expect some very good news around 5 pm that night, but he never elaborated what it is. Around 10 am, we heard that Saudi Arabia, alongside UAE and Kuwait, are creating an aid package to Egypt to possibly replace that of the US. Around 4 pm last night, we recieved the news that the President itends to step down tonight and give all of his responsbilities to the VP, Omar Suleiman. The Army then convened and issued its first statement, in a meeting without Mubarak or his VP around 5 pm. Around 9 pm Egypt time, Obama did a speech congratulating the people of Egypt for their march for democracy, so it seemed like a done deal. Finally, an hour later than originally announced, President Hosny Mubarak , against all expectations and information, refused to step down from his post, and said that he refuses any foreign interference in Egypt. The White House then announced that it has been double-crossed by the Egyptian regime.
Now, what does this all mean?
Well, 4 main things:
1) Mubarak is not going to leave Office without bloodshed. Any attempt for a peaceful exit has been discarded by his regime, and they are intending to fight the will of the people until the end.
2) Mubarak has burned the image of Hossam Badrawy and the Wisemen council with his speech. Hossam Badrawy, the secretary general of the NDP, was the face of the NDP that announced Mubarak's intenetion to abdicate power later tonight. Now the man has no credibility. Same goes for the Wiseman Council, since Mubarak's speech was focused on how he has met their demands, which don't include him leaving. If most of them don't quit their posts today, I would be greatly surprised.
3) We are seeing the first possible split in the power structure in Egypt: It seems that the Armed forces are in one camp, and the president, intelligence agencies and the republican guard in another camp. If you add to the equation the Ministery of Interior and the protesters, you have 4 players right now in an intensely unpredictable power struggle. We are now awaiting the second statement from the High council of amred forces to clearify their position once and for all. Whether the Army is with or against the people will determine a lot of today's outcome.
4) Mubarak has now put the US in a corner: He double-crossed the White House, and announced his intentions to fight foriegn intervention. Adding to that the news of the arab aid, he is sending the US a clear message: "I could tell you and your aid to go to hell, and get the money from the arabs instead. Where does this leave your precious Israel? If you don't want us to cause problems on that front, you better shut up about what we will do and get with the program, or else!"
If you take all of those factors into consideration, the situation starts looking intensely ominous. If the regime and the army has split, we could see major fighting and bloodshed today. If the Army is with the President, then they will all turn their guns on the Protesters, who are determined not to live under Mubarak rule for one extra day. It also means that he put on the line the future of the transitional government with Omar Suleiman in charge, because Suleiman's fate seems intensely intertwined with the President now. This has become a fight for survival: it's either the regime or the people. The bad news is, the regime has all the weapon and organization. The good news is, the people are determined and increasing in numbers and the army might step in and save us all unnecessary bloodshed.
It all depends on the army's statement now.
1-200 civilian pro mubarak, peaceful, near protest by heliopolis club but no interaction. #jan25 half a minute ago via TweetDeck
All protests staffed by @wsj reporters in Cairo peaceful so far, incl pres palace and state TV bldg. and Tahrir #egypt #jan25
Crowds growing outside tv bldg, some tried to push down fencing other protesters stopped them. #jan25 1 minute ago via txt
More protesters have joined pres palace protest, ppl excited and cheering #jan25
Protester tells me: these r presidential guards here, but they erased their signs so as not to b identified. #jan25 1 minute ago via Mobile Web
The crowd heading to the presidential palace is now easily 2000 or 3000 4 minutes ago via Seesmic for BlackBerry
Mother who lost son in protests outside Pres palace with burial wrap of 2nd son #Egypt #Tahrir #Jan25
tanks in front of the tv building. 1st floor soldiers have stationed machine guns pointed in our direction. #jan25 6 minutes ago via Mobile Web
Barricades between Tahrir and Maspero broken. Ppl now entering area en masse #jan25 8 minutes ago via YoruFukurou
More than 50,000 protester in Qina. via Al Jazeera Arabic
bencnn The helicopter is back over central Cairo. #Egypt #Jan25 #Egypt
bencnn Crowd swelling dramatically in front of State TV. Estimate 15,000...and growing. coming from #Tahrir, 6 Oct bridge. #Jan25 #Egypt
Almazza Air Force Base The Presidential Airbus left For UAE this morning.
Military police patrolling amongst protesters at pres palace, but very few #jan25
wow airport police on strike, economic demands apparently but still that's a first #Jan25
3rd Armed forces announcement being made now. Promising free and fair elections but no date.
Protesters surrounding Channel 5 Building in Alexandria
MB spokesman Kemal Helbawy says army opinion is split. Says 40 - 50 army officers are already in prison. 2 minutes ago via web
Amanpour : # Senior egyptian official tells me Mubarak has left Cairo. Remains in Egypt as figurehead Prez. He left last night after speech to nation , # MORE: Official tells me this in keeping with promise to hand over powers to VP.
Al Jazeera: More than 20,000 anti-Mubarak protesters marching to local council bureau in Arish
AJ : State TV people pulling away barb wire and people going thru
Latest numbers : 10 million protesters across Egypt!
Group of young doctors just arrived at pres palace to staff field hospital here #jan25 #egypt
Two marches meet in Abbaseia. Now I cannot see either end of it. Heliopolis Palace will see a big crowd in an hour #Jan25
Egypt's Mubarak and his family have reached Sharm el-Sheikh, news agencies reported.
From a friend in Assiut: no police, no army, people throwing stones at the NDP HQ #jan25
1mill protestors at palace in Alex. Cairenes join us at Helio palace #jan25
80,000 protesters are on their way to the presidential palace in Cairo. via Al Jazeera Arabic #Jan25 #Egypt #Tahrir
Palace in Alexandria is close to a huge naval base. Snipers on roof. Huge military presence.
Sudan AP - Southern Sudan army says clash with rebel faction kills nearly 140 people, mostly civilians.
blankets arrived at pres palace for sit in #jan25
Hundreds of thousands of protesters trying to march as closely as possible to Palace in #Alexandria. #Jan25 #Egypt
Al Jazeera corrects its numbers. 3 helicopters land at the presidential palace in Cairo #Jan25 #Egypt #Tahrir
People getting txts saying palace will release statement soon. Won't hold breath. #Egypt #jan25
Egyptian TV to air an important statement in few minutes #Egypt #jan25
Report: Mubarak will again appear on state television tonight. Lets not get ahead of ourselves this time. #Egypt #Cairo #Tahrir #Weissink
Al Jazeera reporting police station in northern Sinai has come under RPG fire. #jan25
Reporter on arabiya saying that source in military told her that army is taking over for interim period #Egypt #jan25
Once again with feeling - Badrawi tells me #Mubarak will resign in anouncement expected tonight.
Pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat on Thursday quoted high-ranking French sources as saying that the indictment in the 2005 assassination of former PM Rrafik Hariri is likely to be issued "within the coming 10 days."
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is reportedly poised to indict Hizbullah members in the Hariri murder.
tahrir square erupts in cheers as they hear President Mubarak has resigned 5 minutes ago via web
Gunshots in Nasr City. Everyone is celebrating. #Jan25 5 minutes ago via Echofon
Celebrations in Cairo as Mubarak steps down and transfers to power to army #jan25 #egypt 5 minutes ago via web
bbclysedoucet VP and Pres out, Supreme Council army taking over #jan25 #egypt