President Hosni Mubarak Left Cairo for his home on the Red Sea as protestors’ anger increased following a speech given by the president on Thursday. Mubarak had delegated most of his authorities on Thursday to his new vice president, Omar Suleiman, his loyal aide and former intelligence chief, and promised free and fair elections in September, constitutional reforms and an eventual end to emergency law. But it was too little too late.
Protesters converged around key radio and TV broadcast stations in Cairo while a few hundreds of tense protesters were engaged in a standoff outside the presidential palace. The army has been forced to step in to ensure that the promised reform will take place, in order to avoid the spread of chaos. The army’s position was announced in a statement released by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of Egypt.
The Egyptian protests have now lasted for 18 days straight and has spun out of control despite the government’s best efforts to stem them. It has as yet failed to reassert itself in the eyes of its people and is considering now lifting the 30 year old emergency laws in place. The military appears to be the only thing standing between the country and outright chaos right now, as a failed government would be extremely damaging to Egypt’s political structure as it is.