Egypt's Mubarak Won't Run for Re-election
Update: Finally Mubarak speaks. New thread for speech here.
Update: (10:50 pm Cairo time): Mubarak sure is drawing this out. Egyptian state TV is still saying "any minute."
Update (10:26 pm Cairo time): Still waiting for Mubarak's statement. Apparently, it will be recorded, not given live. MSNBC reports President Obama may speak afterwards.
Update (10:08 pm Cairo time): The crowd is getting louder. They are chanting "Freedom" and "May it be tonight." The crowd also seems thinned out. (In the crowd I saw a sign from today saying "Yes we can too." ) Here's a live screengrab from al Jazeera's live feed.
Update (10 pm Cairo time): You can watch the release of Mubarak's statement live when it happens here.
Reuters reports, via Al Arabiya TV, that Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak will give a speech today and say he's decided not to run for re-election in September. He also says he has "a solution." [More...]
Isn't it time for him to go now?
Update: President Obama has called Hillary Clinton and other members of his security team to the White House for a meeting this afternoon. It's well past sunset in Cairo and the protesters are still out in force.
Update: New York Times reports President Obama told Mubarak he shouldn't run again.
The message was conveyed to Mr. Mubarak by Frank G. Wisner, a seasoned former diplomat with deep ties to Egypt, these officials said. Mr. Wisnerís message, they said, was not a blunt demand for Mr. Mubarak to step aside now, but firm counsel that he should make way for a reform process that would culminate in free and fair elections in September to elect a new Egyptian leader.
Update (12:44 pm MT): Al Jazeera says he will speak shortly. It's live video feed is here.
Update: Egyptian State TV says it will be a statement, not a speech.
Updates moving to top of thread.
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