UPDATED: Egypt's Mubarak transfers power to vice president, live look here

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says he is transferring power to his Vice President, Omar Suleiman, but will not leave the country.

Mubarak said in a nationally televised address Thursday the demands of protesters calling for his immediate ouster are just and legitimate. He said he had requested six constitutional amendments, answering one of the demands of the protesters. He said he would lift hated emergency laws when security permitted.

Mubarak also vowed to punish those behind violence over the past two weeks and offered condolences to the families of those killed.

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CAIRO (AP) - A much-anticipated announcement from Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak is moments away.

There is word either Mubarak will step down, or will announce a half-measure, keeping his title but giving up his decision-making abilities.
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CAIRO (AP) - President Hosni Mubarak will meet the demands of protesters, military and ruling party officials said Thursday in the strongest indication yet that Egypt's longtime president may be about to give up power.

The Military's Supreme Council was meeting Thursday, without the Commander in Chief Mubarak, and announced on state TV its “support of the legitimate demands of the people.” A spokesman said the council was in permanent session “to explore what measures and arrangements could be made to safeguard the nation, its achievements and the ambitions of its great people.”

Gen. Hassan Al-Roueini, military commander for the Cairo area, told thousands of protesters in central Tahrir Square, “all your demands will be met today.”
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