[UPDATE] 2-11 11:10AM --
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down and handed power to the military.
[UPDATE] 2-10 10:50AM
CAIRO (AP) --
President Hosni Mubarak will meet the demands of
protesters, military and ruling party officials said 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 the
commander in chief Mubarak, and announced on state TV its "support
of the legitimate demands of the people." A spokesman said the
council was in permanent session "to explore "what measures and
arrangements could be made to safeguard the nation, its
achievements and the ambitions of its great people."
Gen. Hassan al-Roueini, military commander for the Cairo area,
told thousands of protesters in central Tahrir Square, "All your
demands will be met today."
[UPDATE] 2-5 6:09 PM--
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's government is denying reports the country's new vice president was targeted in an assassination attempt. It says it was a stray bullet from an exchange of fire between "criminal elements" that struck the lead car in Omar Suleiman's motorcade Jan. 28. He wasn't injured.
Meanwhile, the United States is endorsing Suleiman's handling of the transition in Egypt's government. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says it's needed to prevent extremists from hijacking the process. Suleiman has offered to hold negotiations with the opposition over democratic reforms.
The changes in government continue, with the top leadership body of Egypt's ruling party resigning, including President Hosni Mubarak's son. He had been seen as his father's intended heir.
But those changes haven't calmed the tens of thousands of protesters in Cairo's central square who want Mubarak to leave immediately.
UPDATE 2-5 6:02 PM--
CAIRO (AP) -- Protesters in Cairo's central Tehrir Square are rejecting concessions being offered by the Egyptian government.
The top leadership of the ruling party, including President Hosni Mubarak's son, resigned today in a conciliatory gesture. Gamal Mubarak had been seen as his father's heir as president.
The regime is also offering to discuss democratic reforms with opposition movements. But there are also signs it may try to ride out the street protests demanding the president's ouster. Appearing on State TV, the prime minister says stability is returning to the country, and he expressed confidence that a deal could be worked out with enough opposition movements to defuse the situation.
But the protesters on the streets say the reforms will likely be superficial. They vow they won't yield until Mubarak, himself, leaves office.
CAIRO - State TV reports that President Hosni Mubarak has resigned from Egypt's ruling party.
His son, Gamal Mubarak, and the National Democratic Party's secretary-general, Safwat el-Sharif, have also resigned, in a new gesture to protesters carrying out a 12-day-old wave of anti-government demonstrations.
However, Mubarak still continues as the nation's president.
It was also reported that another member of the National Democratic Party, Dr. Hossam Badrawy, who is generally well-accepted by the public, has been named Secretary General of the NDP.
This comes as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking today at an international security conference in Munich, signaled that U.S. support has swung behind a transition headed by the recently-named vice president, Omar Suleiman.
"There are forces at work in any society, particularly one that is facing these kind of challenges, that will try to derail or overtake the process to pursue their own agenda, which is why I think it's important to follow the transition process announced by the Egyptian government, actually headed by vice-president Omar Suleiman," Clinton said.
Clinton went on to say the transition should be transparent and inclusive, while setting out "concrete steps", moving towards orderly elections in September. She listed with approval the steps the Egyptian government had taken so far.
"President Mubarak has announced he will not stand for re-election, nor will his son," Clinton said. "He has given a clear message to his government to lead and support this process of transition. That is what the government has said it is trying to do, that is what we are supporting, and hope to see it move as orderly but as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances."
Plans calls for having free and open elections in September. Also appears the U.S. and other Egyptian officials are trying to find a way to ease Mubarak out of office.
There were reports earlier this morning that Suleiman and top military leaders were discussing way to limit President Hosni Mubarak's powers, as a way to ease him out of control, Egyptian and American officials told The New York Times. A transitional government headed by Suleiman would then negotiate with the opposition movement on devising and implementing democratic reforms.
Protest leaders have also met with the country's prime minister, but it is unclear what progress may have been made in those meetings.
Al Jazeera reports that Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq was prepared to listen to any and all demands made by the demonstrators, except for Mubarak's early departure.
Shafiq told state TV that Friday's 100,000-strong demonstration, referred to by protesters as a "Day for Departure," failed to force Mubarak out. "We haven't been affected, and God willing next Friday we won't be affected," he said. "All this leads to stability."
On Saturday. The Associated Press reports Mubarak met with his top economic officials to discuss steps for getting the economy restarted. The Egyptian economy has suffered an estimated $3.1 billion in losses since the protests began.
Opposition leaders have called for another million-man protest for Sunday. In honor of those who have been killed during the 11 days of protests, it's being referred to as "Martyrs' Sunday."
The Egyptian military on Saturday came up against angry pro-democracy protesters in an attempt to persuade them to move burnt cars and human barricades from the streets leading to Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, where thousands continued to call for President Hosni Mubarak's departure.
The protesters set up human barricades around Tahrir, or Liberation, Square to prevent pro-Mubarak supporters from disrupting their pro-democracy demonstrations.
Fierce clashes between pro- and anti-Mubarak supporters earlier in the week left at least 11 killed and hundreds injured.