Sharm El Sheikh
February 11, 2011 by staff
Sharm El Sheikh, (AP) – Egypt’s military power has tried to defuse outrage over the refusal of President Hosni Mubarak to withdraw, asserting that he would guarantee the promised reforms. But hundreds of thousands only grew angrier, flooding square in at least three major cities Friday and walk on the presidential palace and the building of state television, the key symbols of the authoritarian regime.
A day after delivering most of his powers to his vice president, Mubarak visited the Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, about 250 miles from the storm. He has a palace where he lives and works often in the winter.
New message from the army Friday was the latest in a series of unusual movements by the most powerful institution in Egypt over the last two days. He gave the strong impression that he was in control of the country’s political transition.
However, their statement that tacitly consented to the plans of Mubarak has been a profound disappointment to protesters who called for the army to intervene and oust him completely. Despite the transfer of power, Mubarak retains his title and could, in theory, to resume its authorities. In his speech Thursday night he spoke as if he was still in charge.
Shock that Mubarak does not resign on Thursday turned to rage on Friday, and escalating protests.
Egypt powerful armed forces supported the transfer of power from President Hosni Mubarak to his vice-president and pledged to make the transition to free elections, amid reports that the president had left the capital to his home in the resort Sharm El-Sheikh.
The declaration of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, read on television by a television presenter, appear to be intended to allay the concerns of protesters that the plan can not be trusted to carry out promised reforms.
“We remain committed to popular demand and to ensure they are made, and the peaceful transition of power,” the army statement said.
Mr. Mubarak has shocked the crowd in Tahrir Square and observers confuse the White House and elsewhere on Thursday night with a difficult to interpret pledge to hand over power to his vice president, while remaining on the course of the transition a new governance structure. The half-measure has attracted criticism very strong U.S. President Barack Obama and set up a day of potential conflict with the demonstrators.
The affirmation of the authority of the army drew praise from leaders of youth movements that triggered the uprising with a campaign on the Internet and the careful organization of street protests marking the beginning.
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