Egypt Army To Mubarak: Time To Go – Announcement May Come Tonight


Update from The New York Times:
Egypt’s armed forces on Thursday announced that they had begun to take “necessary measures to protect the nation and support the legitimate demands of the people,” a step that suggested the military intends to take a commanding role in administering the strife-torn nation.

The announcement of an enhanced role for the military came as officials in President Hosni Mubarak’s government suggested a momentous shift in power was underway, including a possible transfer of power from Mubarak to his Vice President Omar Suleiman.

Hossan Badrawi, secretary general of the National Democratic Party (NDP), told Egyptian state news outlets and the BBC that Mubarak would “most probably” speak to the nation soon, and that he would likely step down from his post.



Earlier update from the BBC:
A senior member of Egypt’s governing party has told the BBC he “hopes” that President Hosni Mubarak will transfer power to Vice President Omar Suleiman.

Hossan Badrawi, secretary general of the National Democratic Party (NDP), said Mubarak would “most probably” speak to the nation on Thursday evening.

The US Central Intelligence Agency says there is a “strong likelihood” that Mubarak will step down soon.

It comes on the 17th day of protests against Mubarak’s 30-year rule.

The Egyptian military has said it is ready to respond to the “legitimate demands of the people.”

In a statement on Egyptian state TV, it said the safety and security of the people were paramount.



Complete articles via New York Times and BBC

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