Egyptians Demand Mubarak Exit as Crowds Swarm Tahrir Square

Egyptians Demand Mubarak Exit as Crowds Swarm Tahrir Square

February 5, 2011

As 200,000 Egyptians gathered in Cairo to demand President Mubarak's removal from office, a committee of "wise men" has come up with a plan for him to cede power, reports Jonathan Rugman. Huge crowds of Egyptians gathered in central Cairo for yet another day of mass protests after violent unrest earlier this week. Tens of thousands prayed in Cairo's Tahrir Square amid protest banners and effigies of President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled Egypt for the past 30 years. After bowing for Friday prayers and listening to a cleric declare "we want the head of the regime removed", protest chants of "Leave! Leave! Leave!" began. Channel 4 News Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Rugman says that – while there is still a stalemate – a plan has been drawn up to allow Mubarak to cede power to his Vice President, Omar Suleiman. These people and their President are still in a stalemate. Jonathan Rugman "There is pressure both from American diplomats and a committee – a group of 'wise men' – which met both the Vice President and the Prime Minister today," he said. "They told us they have made an offer. They said the President can stay until September as a figurehead – that the Vice President would have all executive power – that all those in the square would not be arrested or investigated by the secret police – and that the Muslim Brotherhood would not put up a presidential candidate in September." But it was reported that the Vice President had not found…

Egypt: The Latest From Cairo

February 5, 2011

As 200,000 Egyptians gathered in Cairo to demand President Mubarak's removal from office, a committee of "wise men" has come up with a plan for him to cede power, reports Jonathan Rugman. Huge crowds of Egyptians gathered in central Cairo for yet another day of mass protests after violent unrest earlier this week. Tens of thousands prayed in Cairo's Tahrir Square amid protest banners and effigies of President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled Egypt for the past 30 years. After bowing for Friday prayers and listening to a cleric declare "we want the head of the regime removed", protest chants of "Leave! Leave! Leave!" began. Channel 4 News Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Rugman says that – while there is still a stalemate – a plan has been drawn up to allow Mubarak to cede power to his Vice President, Omar Suleiman. These people and their President are still in a stalemate. Jonathan Rugman "There is pressure both from American diplomats and a committee – a group of 'wise men' – which met both the Vice President and the Prime Minister today," he said. "They told us they have made an offer. They said the President can stay until September as a figurehead – that the Vice President would have all executive power – that all those in the square would not be arrested or investigated by the secret police – and that the Muslim Brotherhood would not put up a presidential candidate in September." But it was reported that the Vice President had not found…