Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak just finished addressing the Egyptian people, informing them he will not step down until September as he previously asserted. According to ABC’s Lara Setrakian, who is reporting live from Egypt, Mubarak told protesters, “I address you all from the heart, from a father to his children… the blood of those killed will not go in vain.” He told protesters their “demands are legitimate,” yet refuses to step down before September.
Setrakian stresses that the crowd in Tahrir Square is “furious,” and are “jeering, chanting at Mubarak.” The people seem to be unwilling to accept anything but an immediate resignation from Mubarak, who has been in power for 30 years. Despite his reassurances that he loves his country and that he supports free and fair elections to take place this fall, protesters continue to chant, “GO, GO GO!”
U.S. President Barack Obama urged the Egyptian leader today to step down. According to the AP, “Egyptian President Mubarak says he passed on his authority to his vice president,” ABC’s Setrakian adding, “handing off the baton without letting go.”
Protests in Tahrir Square will surely continue, as Setrakian notes, setting the scene for a confrontation.