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Mubarak Steps Down Right After Saudi King Told Obama to Back Him

digitalDave 2011/02/10 16:54:35
Tens of thousands of Egyptian workers walked out in mass nationwide strikes to demand wage increases and gathered in Tahrir square to show support for the widening revolt against Mubarak's regime.

U.S. officials are saying that President Mubarak has agreed to yield power to his vice president Omar Suleiman. I wonder what the Saudi leadership will do now?

The BBC quotes a senior member of Egypt's governing party as saying he "hopes" that Mubarak will transfer power to Suleiman. Hossan Badrawi, secretary general of the National Democratic Party tells the BBC that Mubarak would "most probably" speak to the nation within hours.

It remains unclear what role the military will have. The supreme council of the armed forces issued a statement saying they will stay in session indefinitely during the crisis.

An excerpt from the statement:
"Based on the responsibility of the armed forces and its commitment to protect the people and its keenness to protect the nation... and in support of the legitimate demands of the people [the army] will continue meeting on a continuous basis to examine measures to be taken to protect the nation and its gains and the ambitions of the great Egyptian people.

Update at 11:01 a.m. ET: CIA director Leon Panetta says there is a "strong likelihood" that President Mubarak will step down today.

Update at 10:50 a.m. ETGen. Hassan al-Roueini, military commander for the Cairo area, tells thousands of protesters in central Tahrir Square: "All your demands will be met today."



And though US officials refuse to divulge comments made by foreign leaders in calls to Obama, who has said Mubarak must make the "right decision" for the future of his nation and embrace a "orderly" transition to democratic rule, sources in Riyadh state the following: Saudi Arabia has threatened to prop up President Mubarak if the White House tries to force a swift change of regime in Egypt. King Abdullah told President Obama not to humiliate Mr Mubarak and warned that he would step in to bankroll Egypt if the US withdrew its aid program, worth $1.5 billion annually. America’s closest ally in the Gulf made clear that the Egyptian President must be allowed to stay on to oversee the transition towards peaceful democracy and then leave with dignity. “Mubarak and King Abdullah are not just allies, they are close friends, and the King is not about to see his friend cast aside and humiliated,” a senior source in the Saudi capital told The Times. Two sources confirmed details of the King’s call, made four days after the people
President Barack Obama stressed the need for a meaningful and lasting political transition in Egypt in a telephone call with key ally King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, officials said.

"The President spoke today with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia about the situation in Egypt," the White House said in a statement.

"The President emphasized the importance of taking immediate steps toward an orderly transition that is meaningful, lasting, legitimate, and responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people.

"The President also reaffirmed the long-term commitment of the United States to peace and security in the region."

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is under siege after days of raging street protest is known to be close to King Abdullah, who has condemned efforts by what he said were "intruders" to interfere with Egypt's stability.

Along with Egypt, Saudi Arabia is a key US ally in the Middle East and has been a lynch-pin of American regional strategy for decades.

US reports have suggested that regional allies have expressed deep concerns to the United States about the impact of cascading protests in the Arab world on the vital strategic region's stability.

Published on PBN 02/10/11

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  • Pete 2011/02/10 18:54:58
    Pete
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    The Egyptian are barking at the wrong tree. The regime is here in America with nobama in office. He is the regime. How can we American protest to get him out of office?.......Peace be with you

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  • Billyk75 2011/02/11 00:46:39
    Billyk75
    Maybe Mubarak doesn't really trust Barry O.
  • Bill in Niantic 2011/02/10 21:03:28
    Bill in Niantic
    If all the people have to do is gather in the Capital for a week or two, and demand the leader and his puppets to step down, then shouldn't WE BE DOING THAT HERE IN DC?

    We need to get rid of Mr. Destructo and his gang of Radical Nuts
  • J 2011/02/10 19:44:19
    J
    +1
    The ineptitude of this Administration never fails to surprise me.
  • potlatch 2011/02/10 19:21:52
    potlatch
    +2
    I saw this on Drudge late last night and almost posted it to you in your other article on Egypt.
    We now have the Saudi's in the position of issuing threats to the U.S. President. Amazing huh? - Not so much, they are probably responsible for him becoming President in the first place......

    article egypt saudis position issuing threats president huh responsible president
  • DebraJMSmith 2011/02/10 19:19:24
    DebraJMSmith
    This is all so crazy!
  • Pete 2011/02/10 18:54:58
    Pete
    +4
    The Egyptian are barking at the wrong tree. The regime is here in America with nobama in office. He is the regime. How can we American protest to get him out of office?.......Peace be with you
  • tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA 2011/02/10 17:43:45
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA
    +3
    The King of Saudi Arabia made a fair request.

    O is in WAY over his head. Should have kept quite.
  • Fannie 2011/02/10 17:24:25
    Fannie
    I hope the people get what they want and need. They may have to settle for less, or settle for they will get. The top allie to Egypt has always been Russia.........will Seliuman be another Putin.
  • mrdog 2011/02/10 17:07:12
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    +3
    Obama had a hand in this.... with his stupid comments.... now months ahead watch what happeens in mid east.... rock and roll time... it will be hairy.... poor jews...are in trouble now.... bark
  • digital... mrdog 2011/02/10 17:22:14
    digitalDave
    +1
    Ø needs to keep his vernal pie hole shut! grrr When God gives the word - the Mideast lights up like an octogenarian birthday cake. THe Jews will walk, I read the end of The Book. Thanks Mr Dog
  • mrdog digital... 2011/02/10 18:21:47
    mrdog
    We will see...for sure...bark
  • J digital... 2011/02/10 19:47:12
    J
    The TRUE Jews.
  • J mrdog 2011/02/10 19:46:40
    J
    +2
    And if the Jews are in trouble, the US will be also.
  • Bill in Niantic 2011/02/10 17:00:55
    Bill in Niantic
    +3
    This "president" is such a naive kid in the park, he does not make the decisions, Soros and his gang of Commies pull Omama's strings
  • digital... Bill in... 2011/02/10 17:22:52
    digitalDave
    +1
    True, even those he bows to he does not listen to. Thanks Bill.
  • ALPEAUX 2011/02/10 16:56:32
    ALPEAUX
    +3
    Makes one wonder who is pulling Obamas strings, huh?
    Alpeaux
  • digital... ALPEAUX 2011/02/10 17:01:38
    digitalDave
    +2
    It sure does Alpeaux. There is seemingly more than "one"

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