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Egyptian Anger Rising As Mubarak Refuses To Resign As President

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February 10, 2011: Maggie Michael / AP via Yahoo News – February 10, 2011

CAIRO – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced he is handing his powers over to his vice president, Omar Suleiman, and ordered constitutional amendments.

But the move means he retains his title of president and ensures regime control over the reform process, falling short of protester demands.

Protesters in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square, hoping he would announce his resignation outright, watched in stunned silence to his speech, slapping their hands to their foreheads in anger, some crying or waving their shoes in the air in a sign of contempt. After he finished, they resumed their chants of “Leave! Leave! Leave!”

“I have seen that it is required to delegate the powers and authorties of the president to the vice president as dictated in the constitution,” Mubarak said near the end of a 15-minute address on state TV. The article is used to transfer powers if the president is “temporarily” unable to carry out his duties and does not mean his resignation.

Mubarak said that the demands of protesters are just and legitimate. He said he had requested six constitutional amendments to answer protesters’ reform demands and that he would lift hated emergency laws — but with the caveat, when security permitted, a promise that his vice president made earlier this week but was dismissed by protesters.

Mubarak Refuses To Step Down Despite Demands

Boiling Point: Mubarak To Deliver TV Address – CIA ‘Expects Resignation’

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: The CIA new exactly what the fuck Mubarak was going to do today. This is a move to further destabilize the Middle East, jack up oil, and foment WWIII… – SJH

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Oil Futures Rise Sharply On Rumor That Saudi King Abdullah Died

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February 10, 2011: Michael Santo / – February 10, 2011

A report on the death of Saudi Arabian king Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz has fueled speculation, causing oil prices to rise despite denials of the king’s death.

The report came via the Islam Times. Its website, stated that King Abdullah has passed away after suffering a massive heart attack.

The report indicated that Adbullah’s death actually occurred yesterday, Wednesday.

According to the report, King Abdullah, 86, talked with U.S. President Barack Obama about the situation in Egypt on the phone on Wednesday. After what Islam Times reported to be a “heated debate,” the phone call ended with King Abdullah remaining “furious.” He then, according to the Times, suffered a sudden heart attack.

The report went further, stating that King Abdullah was pronounced dead, but that his death was not reported due to the “sensative conditions that exist in the region.” It added that “the Saudi Arabian government will reject this claim; but the ball is in their court to prove that he is alive. ”

It was confirmed that Obama did speak to King Abdullah on Wednesday,. The White House said, in a statement, “The president emphasised the importance of taking immediate steps toward an orderly transition that is meaningful, lasting, legitimate, and responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people.”

On Thursday, the government denied the reports, without offering substantial proof, as requested by the Islam Times. However, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz was in excellent condition and was undergoing therapy.

Prior to this report, it was known that King Abdullah had been resting in Morocco since January. This followed a two-month stay in the United States. There, he underwent surgery twice after a blood clot complicated a slipped disc.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said: “I’d like to reassure you about the health of the king. He is in excellent shape. He is undergoing therapy as you know. Doctors are suggesting a certain amount of therapy. He is doing twice as much. They are suggesting a certain time for therapy. He is looking to cut it in half.”

Brent crude oil futures rose sharply on the news, as well as continued political tension in the Middle East. According to the Financial Post, ICE Brent rose 55 cents to US$102.37 a barrel at 1055 GMT, while U.S. crude for March slipped 21 cents to US$86.5 a barrel. The futures level is their highest in a week.

Much concern exists over possible succession to King Abdullah. According to WIkipedia, his designated successor is his half brother Crown Prince Sultan, who is 82. The apparent next in line is Sultan’s full brother, Prince Nayef, who is 76.

Obama Bows To Saudi King Abdullah

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Is this the real reason for the Mubarak distraction in Egypt today? – SJH

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Mubarak Likely To Resign Thursday Night Amid Continued Protest

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February 10, 2011: Andrew Hammond and Alexander Dziadosz / Reuters – February 10, 2011

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak looked likely to step down on Thursday in response to more than two weeks of nationwide protests against his 30-year rule.

Asked if Mubarak would step down, an Egyptian official told Reuters: “Most probably.”

The BBC also quoted the head of Mubarak’s political party as saying that the president might go.

“I spoke to the new secretary general of the ruling National Democratic Party, Hossan Badrawi,” a BBC reporter said.

“He said: ‘I hope the president is handing over his powers tonight’.

The head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency also said it was likely Mubarak would step down in the next few hours. “There’s a strong likelihood that Mubarak may step down this evening, which would be significant in terms of where the, hopefully, orderly transition in Egypt takes place,” Leon Panetta told a congressional hearing in Washington.

Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq also told the BBC that the 82-year-old strongman may step down. The president has been buffeted by widespread protests against poverty, repression and corruption that broke out last month in an unprecedented display of frustration at his autocratic rule.

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets to demand that Mubarak quit and clashes between protesters and security forces have killed at least 300 people. Mubarak has clung on to power, promising to step down in September, but that was not enough to end the uprising.

On Thursday afternoon, Egypt’s military announced it was taking measures to preserve the nation and aspirations of the people after a meeting of the Higher Army Council. The meeting of the Higher Army Council was headed by the defense minister and Mubarak was not present, according to television footage.

Pro-democracy protesters in the main focus of the opposition, Tahrir, or Liberation, Square, cheered as it seemed that Mubarak’s removal was imminent. Organizers were promising another major push on the streets on Friday when protesters said they plan to move on to the state radio and television building in “The Day of Martyrs” dedicated to the dead.

Washington has pressured Mubarak to speed up the pace of reform but has stopped short of demanding the resignation of the president of the country, which has a peace treaty with Israel and an army which receives about $1.3 billion in U.S. aid a year.

“The army is facing the choice between standing with Mubarak and perhaps being swept aside or going with the popular flow. I think they will give away Mubarak almost as a fig leaf. Possibly (Vice President Omar) Suleiman as well, although he is not as unpopular as Mubarak. There is an element of regime preservation going on here from the army elite,” Julien Barnes-Dacey, a Middle East analyst at Control Risks in London, told Reuters.

US Backing Of Egypt VP Exposes Hypocrisy’s Hand In Regime Change

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Will the Egyptian’s see the ruse of Suleiman replacing Mubarak? – SJH

AP: Egypt Army Takes Control In A Sign Mubarak Is Out

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