NBC: Mubarak will step down Thursday

By David Edwards
Thursday, February 10, 2011 11:39 EDT
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Update (4:15 pm EST): Mubarak pledges not to step down until September

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak told the nation Thursday that he would not step down until elections could be held in September.

Update (1:15 pm EST): Egyptian information minister says Mubarak not resigning

Egyptian state TV reported that the Egyptian information minister has claimed Mubarak would not step down Thursday.

Update (12:00 pm EST): CNN and Fox News say Mubarak will resign

Both CNN and Fox News reported that Mubarak would resign Thursday.

Fox News also reported that the military was prepared to take power.

Original report continues below…

Two sources told NBC News that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would step down Thursday.

“Word of this information is just now spreading out in Cairo,” NBC’s Richard Engle reported Thursday. “We again, once again, have been told by two sources within the presidency that President Mubarak will step down.”

“The prime minister’s office is telling us that President Mubarak tonight will decide,” he added.

For its part, Al Jazeera English continued to treat the news as a rumor.

Mubarak was expected to address the nation Thursday night.

US CIA chief Leon Panetta said Thursday that he expected the Egyptian president to cede power “today.”

Al Jazeera also reported Thursday that Egyptian Army officials said that protesters’ “demands will be met.”

The supreme council of the Egyptian army met Thursday to discuss its position on the protests and Mubarak’s future.

Protesters have been massing on the streets of Cairo and other cities in Egypt since Jan. 25, demanding Mubarak leave office. The size of the demonstrations have grown in past days.

Protesters called for 20 million to march throughout the country on Friday.

This video is from MSNBC, broadcast Feb. 10, 2011.

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This video is from Al Jazeera English, broadcast Feb. 10, 2011.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    So the snake is to lose it’s head. Of course it’s a bloody Hydra, so there’s a long way to go yet.

  • Anonymous

    Which is it? Ding dong the witch is dead — or the king is dead, long live the king?!

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Out of the frying pan, into the fire. But there are cracks in the regime. Now is the time to redouble their efforts.
    !!! عاشت الحرية!!!

  • Anonymous

    Ummm… How did Raw Story miss THE MOST IMPORTANT PART of the articles they were citing? Mubarak is stepping down so that his VP can take over. His Vice President (Omar Suleiman) is the only person in Egyptian politics WORSE than Mubarak. Suleiman is the beast that tortured rendered prisoners for us. He is a CIA plant. This is a joke.

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    Disinformation minister, Anas al-Fiqqi, (I so wanted to type “u” instead of “a”) who has been accused of inciting hatred against the Egyptian freedom fighters (the moral equivalent of the minutemen?) leading to the deaths of hundreds, is talking through his anas.

  • http://thebrainpolice.blogspot.com microdot

    Each morning is the “morning after” for the Egyptians right now. They got to this point, this is unprecedented in our life times. If Mubarak resigns, the regime will still try to salvage and consolidate power, but as the eminent H.P. Loathcraft said earlier, the cracks are apparent and tomorrow is another morning after. Stay tuned.