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Timeline: A historic day in Egypt

on 11/01/2019

Key events on Thursday, Day 17 of the popular revolt against Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak, who in an address to the nation says he was delegating his powers to his deputy, Vice President Omar Suleiman.

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The embattled leader’s address comes after Egypt’s military says it will start taking “necessary measures to protect the nation” and “support the legitimate demands of the people.”

– From early morning demonstrators demanding Mubarak’s departure remain mobilised on central Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square, which has become the epicentre of the revolt and has developed into a sprawling tent city.

Protests continue, despite the authorities’ threat late on Wednesday to bring in the army “if chaos occurs.”

– Protests continue in the street outside parliament, now lined with makeshift shelters and anti-regime posters. Soldiers deployed to protect the building, but make no attempt to dislodge the protest.

– Tens of thousands of workers walk out as mass nationwide strikes sweep private and public sector workplaces, from health workers to lawyers and textile workers, to demand wage increases and show support for the revolt.

– Hundreds of protesters from a rundown slum in the northeastern canal city of Port Said torch police headquarters and burn police cars.

– Wael Ghonim, a Google executive who emerged as a prominent voice of Egyptian protests against Mubarak, promises to stay out of politics once the dissidents’ demands are met.

– Left-wing Egyptian opposition party Tagammu, formerly known for toeing the line set by Mubarak’s regime, announces it was withdrawing from a national dialogue on reform.

– Mubarak could “respond to the people’s demands by Friday,” the secretary general of his ruling National Democratic Party Hossam Badrawi says.

– A senior military officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, says: “We are awaiting orders that will make the people happy.”

– The armed forces say they have started taking “necessary measures to protect the nation and support the legitimate demands of the people.”

– A festival-like atmosphere through the thousands-strong crowd in Tahrir Square as protesters hear rumours that Mubarak might leave.

– Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq says that “everything is in President Hosni Mubarak’s hands.”

– CIA Director Leon Panetta says that if Mubarak steps down, he will probably hand power to his vice president, Omar Suleiman.

– State television announces that Mubarak will address the nation on Thursday from his presidential palace.

– The United States will work to ensure that turmoil in Egypt does not create “new dangers for Israel or the region,” Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg says.

– Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal condemns what he calls interference by “some countries” in Egypt’s affairs during the unrest.

– Mubarak ends his televised speech without resigning as president but says he will hand over power to Suleiman, his deputy and former intelligence chief.

– Tahrir Square protesters react with fury, demanding that the army join them in revolt.

– Suleiman in his own televised address tells protesters and strikers to head home or back to work.


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