After all the buildup about this speech, and even a Twitter account dedicated to speculating on reasons why it started late, Mubarak said what he’s been saying all along: he’s not going anywhere. Via the translator on CNN’s feed of the video, he did mention delegating some powers to Suleiman, the vice president, and has clearly made a deal with the military for now.
What bears watching is what happens next among protesters, and as always, the reaction and involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood. One can only imagine the earlier, festive mood on Cairo’s streets may quickly turn very ugly.
“Mubarak refuses to stand down,” from Al Jazeera, February 10:
Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, has refused to step down from his post, saying that he will not bow to “foreign pressure” in a televised address to the nation.
Mubarak announced that he had put into place a framework that would lead to the amendment of six constitutional articles in the address late on Thursday night.
“I can not and will not accept to be dictater orders from outside, no matter what the source is,” Mubarak said.
He said he was addressing his people with a “speech from the heart”
Earlier, the Supreme Council of Egyptian Armed Forces had met to discuss the ongoing protests against Mubarak’s government.
In a statement entitled ‘Communique Number One’, televised on state television, the army said it had convened the meeting response to the current political turmoil, and that it would continue to convene such meetings.
Thurday’s meeting was chaired by Mohamed Tantawi, the defence minister, rather than Mubarak, who, as president, would normally have headed the meeting.
“Based on the responsibility of the armed forces and its commitment to protect the people and its keenness to protect the nation… and in support of the legitimate demands of the people [the army] will continue meeting on a continuous basis to examine measures to be taken to protect the nation and its gains and the ambitions of the great Egyptian people,” the statement…
It may be a bit late for flattery.