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February 10, 2011

Breaking: Mubarak to Resign Tonight?

Several news outlets are reporting that Egypt president Mubarak is going to resign tonight and hand over power. It seems to be related to the news that he is planning to hand over control of the military to military leaders.

NBC's Richard Engel says two independent sources have confirmed that Mubarak will step down. In addition, the armed forces supreme council has convened to begin the orderly transition of power, NBC says.

Wonder what happens next...

Update: Probably a good idea to keep this in the "rumor" category. As ever when it comes to the Middle East, actual knowledge seems scarce and contradictory.

Apparently Reuters is quoting the Egyptian Information Minister saying that Mubarak will not be stepping down in his speech (although I can't get the actual article on the Reuters website).

There's a possibility that we're looking at two factions of the Egyptian government. The military, along with the Prime Minister, is "announcing" that Mubarak will step down at gunpoint, essentially, and the civilian government is resisting.

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posted by Gabriel Malor at 10:48 AM

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