Egypt President Hosni Mubarak defies protesters as he refuses to step down


Egypt President Hosni Mubarak says he has passed on his authority to his vice-president Omar Suleiman, but he has failed to resign immediately as president.

In a live TV address, Mubarak said a political transition ending his 30-year-reign would last until September.

Earlier it appeared Mubarak was on the verge of stepping down as thousands of anti-regime protesters massed excitedly in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square amid rumours he would go

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