According to several sources, such as the BBC, The Daily Telegraph and The New York Times, President Hosni Mubarak “may be stepping down” in a few hours. He’s preparing to address the nation this Thursday.
A senior member of Egypt’s governing party, Hossan Badrawi, told the BBC he “hopes” Mr Mubarak will transfer power to Vice-President Omar Suleiman.
The country’s military, meanwhile, has said it will “support the legitimate demands of the people“.
Mubarak’s stepping down might come on the 17th day of protests against his 30-year rule.
The BBC informs that the director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Leon Panetta, said he had received unconfirmed reports that Mr Mubarak would step down on Thursday evening.
In recent days, the US government had stepped up its call for the protesters’ concerns to be addressed.
Gen. Hassan al-Roueini, military commander for the Cairo area, appeared in Tahrir Square and told the demonstrators, “all your demands will be met today.” Some in the crowd held up their hands in V-for-victory signs, shouting “the people want the end of the regime” and “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great,” a victory cry used by secular and religious people alike.
February 10th, 2011.