Mubarak Expected To Resign Shortly, Pass Power To Vice President
It appears Mubarak is history and may resign as soon as tonight. And since Mubarak will pass power to the CIA's main man in the region, Vice President Omar Suleiman, we doubt this will result to much social contentment.
From the NYT:
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak could step aside as soon as tonight and delegate his powers to his new vice president, a senior member of the Egypt's ruling party told Britain's Channel 4 News minutes ago.
Lindsey Hilsum, a Channel 4 News correspondent in Cairo, reported via Twitter that Hossam Badrawy, the new secretary-general of the Mubarak regime's National Democratic Party, "just told me he expects President Mubarak to pass his powers to his vice president tonight," in a televised address. She added that Dr. Badrawi "told me in three meetings yesterday and phone call today he convinced President Mubarak to pass powers to" Omar Suleiman, the intelligence chief he appointed vice president days into the protests.
Dr. Badrawi is an influential figure within the party. He is considered a reformer and was formerly close to Gamal Mubarak, the president's son and presumed heir. This week, he personally accompanied Wael Ghonim, a protest organizer released after 12 days in custody, back to his home.
Ms. Hilsum is the international editor of Channel 4 News
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