Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak once again defied calls to step down. During a 10-minute speech Thursday, Mubarak repeated that he will stay on until September elections, contradicting widespread reports that he would capitulate. Anderson Cooper just called Mubarak’s “lies” a “slap in the face.”
The crowd in Cairo’s Tahrir Square did not respond happily to the news that Mubarak doesn’t intend to go anywhere.
Here’s what we posted earlier Thursday, before Mubarak’s speech:
Mubarak’s Last Day on the Job?
Reports point to yes. Egyptian officials and the CIA have indicated that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will step down when he addresses his people Thursday night. According to The Washington Post, the demonstrators in Cairo’s Tahrir Square met the news with excitement, but also questions about the nature of their country’s post-Mubarak government.
For example, there was this exchange in the square, captured by the Post:
“Shall we go if the constitution is the same?”
“No!” the crowd yelled.
“Shall we go if the [ruling party] is still in its position?”