Despite reports that President Hosni Mubarak will announce Thursday night that he is yielding power to the nation’s military, an information minister denied on state television Thursday evening that the embattled leader is stepping down.
Other reports suggested Mubarak would hand over power to Vice President Omar Suleiman but it was unclear exactly what changes were about to unfold.
The Egyptian official said the political process—which included dialogue between the government and opposition representatives—for implementing reforms and a civilian transition lacked support and the government was forced to step outside the realm of “constitutional authority.”
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