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Mubarak's No. 2 Dies in US

Omar Suleiman was undergoing medical tests in Cleveland

(Newser) - Omar Suleiman, former vice president, spy chief, and trusted associate of deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, died early today in a US hospital after a sudden illness. "He was fine," an aide tells Reuters . "It came suddenly while he was having medical tests in Cleveland." No... More »

Egypt Bars 10 Hopefuls From Presidential Election

Mubarak-era strongman Omar Suleiman given the boot

(Newser) - Egypt's election commission disqualified 10 presidential hopefuls, including Hosni Mubarak's former spy chief and fundamentalist Islamists, from running today in a surprise decision that left a field of moderates in the race for the country's first post-revolutionary leader. The elimination of the three most powerful and controversial... More »

Mubarak's Play Puts Obama in the Hot Seat

Egyptian president says he gave White House what it wanted

(Newser) - Hosni Mubarak’s non-resignation obviously caught the Obama administration by surprise—Obama after all, had hours earlier spoken glowingly of watching “ history unfold ” in Egypt, and CIA chief Leon Panetta had said there was a “ strong likelihood ” Mubarak would step down. But Egyptian officials say they... More »

Egypt Army Backs Mubarak

Military backs Mubarak plan; Obama says it's not good enough

(Newser) - Egypt's powerful military says it is supporting Mubarak's plan to hand over most of his powers to vice president Omar Suleiman instead of resigning, striking a heavy blow to protesters who called on the military to take action to push Mubarak out after yesterday's announcement. The news enraged hundreds of... More »

Egypt to Protesters: Military 'Will Intervene'

Suleiman says there will be a 'coup'

(Newser) - Egypt’s government has started dropping dark hints that the military will stop playing nice if protests continue much longer, the New York Times reports. In a televised interview today, Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit told protesters that “if chaos occurs, the armed forces will intervene to control the... More »

Mubarak Won't Go to Luxe German Clinic

He's not sick, vice president says

(Newser) - OK, forget that exit plan: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has said thanks, but no thanks, to an offer of an escape to Germany. Rumors had swirled that Mubarak might be suffering from cancer and could thus make a graceful exit by moving to a swanky German clinic , but Vice President... More »

Egypt's VP to Protesters: We're Losing Patience

Warning comes on huge day of protest at Tahrir Square

(Newser) - Let's hope these two developments don't collide in a bad way: On a day when Tahrir Square saw perhaps its largest demonstration yet , the nation's new vice president issued what both AP and al-Jazeera described as a "sharply worded" statement that the government is losing its patience. "We... More »

Tahrir Square Sees Biggest Protest Yet

Hundreds of thousands flood in

(Newser) - Even as life returned to normal in some parts of Cairo, Tahrir Square saw its largest day of protests yet as hundreds of thousands of Egyptians gathered to call for the removal of Hosni Mubarak's government, the BBC reports. Protesters are not satisfied despite government concessions and Mubarak’s promise... More »

Mubarak Creates Committees to Suggest Reforms

He also orders investigation into clashes

(Newser) - Hosni Mubarak took another stab at appeasing protesters today, setting up one committee to recommend the kind of constitutional amendments pro-Democracy advocates are clamoring for, and another to monitor the implementation of such reforms, the AP reports. He also promised an investigation into last week’s violent clashes between his... More »

Egypt Protesters Win Free Press, Concessions

But Mubarak doesn't agree to leave

(Newser) - From today's meetings between Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman and various protest groups comes a pretty significant list of concessions the regime is granting. The down low, as per the AP:
  • Free press: The government promised it would stop impeding the media, Internet access, and text messaging.
  • Protesters: Cairo agreed
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US Backs Suleiman; Demonstrators Shrug

Leaders of ruling party resign, but protesters see it all as half-steps

(Newser) - See if this sounds familiar: The day's wire reports on Egypt bring news of yet more pressure on Hosni Mubarak and more concessions from the government, followed by the same response protesters have given for 12 days—nowhere near good enough. The two developments competing for headlines are:
  • Hillary Clinton
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Egypt Plots Mubarak's 'Graceful Exit'

Top officials push for him to deputize Suleiman, step aside in all but name

(Newser) - Hosni Mubarak may think he's hanging on through September elections, but top-level Egyptians on both sides of the protests, as well as US officials, are negotiating what the AP and the New York Times are calling his "graceful exit." Proposals on the table largely center around Mubarak stepping... More »

US Working On Quick Exit for Mubarak

One possibility is to have the new VP take over immediately

(Newser) - Hosni Mubarak continues to insist that he can't resign immediately, but the Obama administration is in negotiations with other Egyptian officials to have him to do just that, reports the New York Times . The leading possibility would be to have new VP Omar Suleiman, previously the head of intelligence, take... More »

Egyptian VP to Opposition: Let's Talk

Suleiman says Mubarak has authorized him to begin talks

(Newser) - Egypt's new vice president said that the government would be willing to begin a dialogue with the opposition in order to mollify the violent protests that have rocked the country, the Wall Street Journal reports. Omar Suleiman said that President Mubarak had asked him to open an "immediate" dialogue... More »

Suleiman Pick: 'He's Not the One'

Choice won't appease populace, could signal military takeover

(Newser) - Hosni Mubarak's new vice president —and possible successor—may help shore up support with Egypt's powerful military and reassure the United States, but Omar Suleiman will do little to save Mubarak's presidency. Suleiman leads Egypt’s foreign intelligence service, has similar political views as Mubarak, is considered the establishment... More »

Mubarak Names VP; His Sons Reported in London

Unclear whether moves will ease tumultuous protests

(Newser) - Clinging to his political life, Hosni Mubarak appointed well-respected intelligence chief Omar Suleiman as the first man to serve as vice president since taking power three decades ago. Mubarak then appointed outgoing aviation minister Ahmed Shafiq as his new prime minister, reports the AP. Suleiman's appointment appears to anoint him... More »

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