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Friday, February 11, 2011

Latest Live blog Feb 10 - Egypt protests (11022011 12:15AM M'sia)

(All times are local in Egypt, GMT+2)
6:05pm: Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros, reporting from Cairo, says roads to Cairo airport are reportedly being closed.
6:00pm: The CIA chief reportedly says there is a "strong likelihood" Mubarak will step down tonight.
5:39pm: Huge chant, Tahrir Square seemingly in unison, shouting: "The army and the people in one hand - the army and the people are united."
5:35pm: Ayman Mohyeldin, Al Jazeera's correspondent, reports: "Now, for the first time, we are getting the sense that senior military officers are discussing 'national issues', which is a very significant development indeed."
5:30pm: "Ambiguous" statement from military confirms its “commitment and responsibility to safeguard the people and to protect the interests of the nation, and its duty to protect the riches and assets of the people and of Egypt”. Mentioned the demands of the people are “lawful and legitimate”. Understood the military council met separately from Mubarak.
5:23pm: NDP Secretary General Hossam Badrawi says he expects Mubarak to respond to the demands of the people tonight.  An official statement from the military is imminent.
5:20pm: A senior military commander is reported to have told protesters that all their demands will be met, but no official confirmation is yet available
5:15pm: Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel-Hamid, reporting from Cairo, confirmed the new demands of those in Tahrir Square include the entire administration to resign – not just President Mubarak.  They want a one-year transitional period before full parliamentary elections - during which a three-person presidential council should run the country while a panel of experts write a new, permanent  constitution – taking advice from opposition groups and senior, high-profile Egyptians, including the Muslim Brotherhood.
5:09pm: The Supreme Council of Egyptian Armed Forces is meeting to study its position toward the ongoing crisis.
5:00pm: After the storm, Adam Makary (@adamakary), Al Jazeera English producer, tweets:
I've just witnessed my first rainbow in Cairo - wish I could share it but the lens on my camera phone isn't that good.
Luckily, photojournalist Matthew Cassel (@justimage) has a working camera:
4:40pm: Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh, from Cairo, reports Egypt's prosecutor general is "open to receiving documents that would support cases against accused former officials", according to state TV. Also, decision on re-opening Cairo stock exchange will be announced on Saturday, says the bourse head.
4:10pm: The situation in the north-eastern town of Port Said is calming, Ayman Mohyeldin reports from Cairo, after at least five government buildings - including the governor's office and the office for public housing - were set on fire overnight.
3:49pm Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid, reporting from Cairo, said people are receiving SMS messages from Mahmoud Wagdy, the new interior minister, saying: "The police are back on the streets and are at the service of the people."
Abdel-Hamid said this may be the beginning of a PR campaign at a time when security forces and the interior ministry are hated - even by those who don't support the protests.
3:24pm We're hearing from our correspondents that the coalition of youth movements will shortly announce a refined list of demands for the transfer of power, including the dissolution of parliament and the adoption of a temporary constitution allowing a three-person presidential council - with a representative each from the military and judiciary - to supervise preparations for full presidential and parliamentary elections.
2:58pm Ayman Mohyeldin thanks US viewers for tuning in to Al Jazeera. You can Demand Al Jazeera in your neighbourhood, too.
2:07pm The security chief for the Egyptian city of Wadi al-Jadid (New Valley) was sacked and the police captain who ordered police to shoot at protesters was arrested and will be tried. At least five people were killed and dozens wounded in three days of clashes between police and citizens. 
2:00pm The criminal court in Egypt has endorsed the decision of banning three former ministers from leaving the country and the government has also frozen their assets.
1:54pm The Egyptian prime minister forms a committee that will gather evidence on "the illegitimate practices" that resulted from the events of recent weeks. The committee will receive reports from citizens and civil society organizations and then present a report to the public prosecutor. 
1:39pm About 1,000 physicians, all dressed in white coats, have arrived at Tahrir Sqaure to huge applause and acknowledgement.
1:12pm About 3,000 lawyers have marched from the lawyers syndicate in downtown Cairo to Abedeen Palace, a historic palace, and one of the official residences of the president. They are heading to Tahrir Square to join protestors there. 
1:04pm There are lots of jokes and funny banners circulating, both in Tahrir Square and on the internet - this picture of scuba divers is a good example - the signs says: "Leave before we run out of air".
12:54pm Video posted on Youtube yesterday showing a solidarity protest that was held in Gaza to show support for the Egyptian pro-democracy protesters
12:00pm The newly appointed Culture Minister, Gaber Asfour, has quit.  His family say it's due to health reasons but Egypt's main daily newspaper al-Ahram says Asfour, who's also a writer, was criticised by his literary colleagues for taking the post. 
He was the only new face in the new cabinet.
11:34am In a recent interview with ABC television, Omar Suleiman, the vice president, said he wanted to see democracy, but added quickly:
But when will we do that? When the people here have the culture of democracy.
10:34am Hassan Elghayesh, a 24-year-old Egyptian, thought his only chance of a brighter future would not be in his own country, which he loves dearly. But now, the tables have turned: his faith in people's power has been restored and he feels empowered. Here is an account of his first hand experiences in Tahrir Square.
8:29am Calls for Mubarak to resign are now spreading, with hundreds now camped outside Parliament. Thousands of workers are expected to strike for a second day as they push for pay rises and reforms.
8:18am Khalid Albaih posted this picture on Flickr:
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