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Opposition supporters perform Friday prayers near tanks in front of the presidential palace in Cairo February 11, 2011. Egypt’s powerful army gave guarantees on Friday that President Hosni Mubarak’s promised reforms would be carried out, but protesters insisted he quit now and cranked up the pressure by massing outside his palace.
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Anti-government protesters demonstrate after traditional Muslim Friday prayers at the continuing demonstration in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.
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3:31pm Senior ruling party official tells Al-arabiya station that Mubarak has delegated his authorities to the vice president last night, and he is now in-charge.
Mohamed Abdelllah, senior member of ruling party, also said that he had information that Mubarak was heading to Sharm el-Sheikh.
Protesters closing in on Mubarak
Millions of Egyptians have surrounded the Presidential Palace and the state Radio and Television building in Cairo as the Mubarak regime dispatches scores of vigilantes to attack pro-democracy protesters.
According to a Press TV correspondent, the republican guards have been deployed around the palace with snipers positioned on the rooftop of the building.
The measure was taken after protesters began gathering outside the presidential palace following the Friday Prayers.
The state Radio and Television building has also been encircled by large number of anti-Mubarak demonstrators. The protesters have formed a human barricade around the building, blocking all the entrance and exits.
This is while, a huge crowd of pro-democracy protesters have already gathered at Cairo’s Liberation Square. More than one million protesters performed their Friday Prayers in the square.
Protesters in the Liberation Square are chanting, “Leave, leave Mubarak, Suleiman,” “No to Mubarak. No to Suleiman,” and “Strike, strike until [the] collapse of Mubarak,” a Press TV correspondent reported.
Elsewhere in Egypt, more than one million pro-democracy protesters have taken to the streets of Alexandria.
Embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who once again has defied calls to step down in a late Thursday night television address, has stepped up the crackdown on peaceful protesters across the country.
In his address, Mubarak said he would not accept what he called “foreign dictates” and said that he would delegate some of his powers to newly-appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman.
Suleiman also appeared on state TV, praising Mubarak and urging demonstrators to go home. Mubarak and Suleiman’s comments fueled the anger of the protesters.
In its statement broadcast on state TV, the military’s Supreme Command Council warned against any threats to Egyptian national security.
The statement said that a 30-year-old state of emergency would be lifted when the security situation improves. The army also said it will safeguard people’s demands and guarantee the implementation of necessary amendments.
The army also promised to hold free and fair elections but did not set a specific date for the polls.
The army statement in support of President Mubarak’s planned reforms further infuriated protesters.
World leaders have reacted to President Mubarak’s refusal to relinquish power with the United Nations repeating its call for a transparent, orderly and peaceful transition of power in the country.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the legitimate aspirations of the Egyptian people must be met and that the world body is ready to assist Egypt in the process.
US President Barack Obama has called for concrete change in the country. Obama said Cairo must spell out a clear path to democracy.
The European Union led by Britain, France and Germany also called for change in Egypt.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Mubarak’s speech has left the international community more concerned.
More than 300 people have been killed and thousands of others injured during the pro-democracy protests in Egypt.PressTV
Mubarak reportedly leaves Cairo as Egyptian protesters move to shut off key government buildings
Hosni Mubarak is said to be leaving for his home on the Red Sea. Demonstrators march on federal buildings in Cairo, and the army vows to uphold government promises of reform.
Reporting from Cairo —
President Hosni Mubarak reportedly left Cairo on Friday for his home on the Red Sea as protesters marched on federal buildings and the army guaranteed it would assert authority to carry out government promises for reform and the prospect of lifting the country’s 30-year-old emergency law.
Egypt’s Mubarak in Red Sea resort as protests rage
CAIRO – A local government official says President Hosni Mubarak is in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, 250 miles from the capital Cairo, where protesters are deluging squares and marching on presidential palaces and the State TV building.
The official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue, said Friday that Mubarak arrived at the airport in Sharm and was greeted by the local governor. Mubarak passed most of his powers to Vice-President Omar Suleiman Thursday night, rebuffing the demands of hundreds of thousands of demonstrators that he step down immediately.
Mubarak spends a good deal of time in Sharm, where he has a palace.AP