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Mubarak to step down?

It is kind of a slow news day in the Middle East for states not named Egypt.  But in Egypt, rumors have picked up exponentially such that BBC News is now reporting that Mubarak may step down today, with new Vice President Omar Sulieman and the Army taking over for the time being.  Let’s jump to a juicy excerpt:

Essam al-Erian, a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s biggest opposition group, said he feared that the Egyptian military was staging a coup.

“It looks like a military coup … I feel worry and anxiety,” he told told Reuters news agency. “The problem is not with the president it is with the regime.”

The director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Leon Panetta, said he had received unconfirmed reports that Mr Mubarak would step down on Thursday evening.

“I’ve received reports that, possibly, Mubarak might do that,” he told a congressional intelligence hearing. “We have not gotten specific word that he, in fact, will do that.”

But Egyptian Information Minister Anas el-Fekky told Reuters news agency: “The president is still in power and he is not stepping down. The president is not stepping down and everything you heard in the media is a rumour.”

So rumors are flying.  We will put an update on here later once we hear more.


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