Your demands will be met, Egypt hears

Feb. 10, 2011 at 3:02 PM
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CAIRO, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- All of the demands of the Egyptian people will be realized Thursday, an Egyptian military commander said amid rumors President Hosni Mubarak would step down.

Mubarak last week announced on state television he wouldn't seek another term in office after roughly 30 years in power. His concession came as anti-government protesters took to the streets demanding the 82-year-old president stand down.

Protests continued, however, as opposition leaders and anti-Mubarak demonstrators said waiting until elections later this year wasn't enough.

Mubarak met Thursday with Vice President Omar Suleiman amid rumors Mubarak would announce his resignation, al-Jazeera reports.

Suleiman could emerge as a major political figure in the post-Mubarak era. He led the Egyptian General Intelligence Service and was in de facto control during Mubarak's recovery from gall bladder surgery last year.

A military statement entitled "Communique No. 1" was broadcast on state television Thursday, saying the military was addressing the ongoing political turmoil.

Hassan al-Roweni, an Egyptian army commander, was quoted by al-Jazeera as saying to protesters in the main square in Cairo that "everything you want will be realized."

Leaders of the ruling National Democratic Party, meanwhile, told the BBC they felt Mubarak would hand power to Suleiman, though the country's information minister said most of the media hypothesizing Thursday was based on speculation.

Washington took a wait-and-see approach as rumors of Mubarak's resignation circulated, with White House spokesmen describing the situation in Cairo as "fluid."

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