CAIRO – As reported earlier here that a statement comes after Egypt's military declares on national television that it stepped forward to "safeguard the country" and promised activists that President Hosni Mubarak will act according to the demands of Egyptian people.
But in the address to the nation on Thursday night, President Hosni Mubarak again declined to quit the powers or leave the country; rather he delegated his powers to his vice president Omar Suleiman, remaining president and certifying regime control over the change process. Shocked protesters in central Cairo who insist his ouster waved their shoes in disapproval and yelled, "Leave, leave, leave."
The swiftly moving series of events raised the question of whether a crack had widened between Mubarak and the military command. After Mubarak's address, protest organizers called for the army to take action to expel Mubarak, and they promised increased number of protestors on Friday.
Several hundred thousand had packed into Tahrir Square, thrilled with anticipation that Mubarak would declare his resignation in his night-time address. Instead, they had to watch in shocked silence as he spoke, slapping their foreheads in anger and disbelief. Some broke into tears.