Det ser ut til å skje to ting på én gang i Egypt: president Hosni Mubarak går av, trolig under press, men inn kommer de militære og de sier selv at de sitter med ledelsen av landet.
Det øverste militære rådet sendte ut kommunike no 1, sjargong for militært styre. Ryktene skal ha det til at Mubarak ville innsette Omar Suleiman som etterfølger, og det ville ikke de militære.
Mubarak skal tale til nasjonen kl. 2100. Det kan være en innspilt tale og det er ikke sikkert den gir svar på alle spørsmål.
The military’s supreme council, headed by Defense Minster Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, appeared to hold the reins of leadership.
Footage on state TV showed Tantawi chairing the council with around two dozen top stern-faced army officers seated around a table. Not at the meeting were Mubarak, the military commander in chief, or his vice president Omar Suleiman, a former army general and intelligence chief named to his post after the protests erupted Jan. 25.
«All your demands will be met today,» Gen. Hassan al-Roueini, military commander for the Cairo area, told thousands of protesters in central Tahrir Square.
The protesters lifted al-Roueini onto their shoulders and carried him around the square, shouting, «the army, the people one hand.» Some in the crowd held up their hands in V-for-victory signs, shouting «the people want the end of the regime» and «Allahu akbar,» or «God is great,» a victory cry used by secular and religious people alike.
Beyond suggestions that Mubarak would go, however, the military did not directly address whether it intends to carry out the protesters’ wider demands for full democracy — or if it would demand that protests stop.
Protesters in the square began chanting, «civilian not military,» a signal they do not want military rule, and many vowed not to end their demonstrations. At one entrance to Tahrir, thousands who turned out after the military announcement lined up to join in.