Yesterday, Hosni Mubarak spoke to the people of Egypt and — despite widespread belief that he would be stepping down as president — announced that he was staying right where he was, promising to "shoulder [his] responsibility, protecting the constitution and safeguarding the interests of Egyptians."
Today, however, he shifted his stance oh so very slightly…
Egypt's embattled President Hosni Mubarak abruptly stepped down as president, ending his 30-year-rein, and Egyptian armed forces will take over the leadership of the country, vice president Omar Suleiman announced today…
"My fellow citizens. In this difficult time that the country is going through, the president Mohamed Hosni Mubarak has decided to relieve himself of his position as president and the Supreme military council has taken control of the state's affairs. May God protect us," Suleiman announced on national TV.
Mubarak left the presidential palace in Cairo earlier today as protesters kept the pressure on the government to force Mubarak out of office. Sources tell ABC News that the 82-year-old president has gone to an estate he owns in Sharm el-Sheikh, a resort town on the Red Sea about 250 miles from the protests in Cairo.
So, what do you think happened? Why did he change his mind? I mean, besides the thousands of angry protesters outside his palace screaming for his head.
We'll probably never find out.
Tags: Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, Protesters