Pressure Mounts On Mubarak to Leave Egypt

As the crowds of protesters across Egypt grow, opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei is in Cairo's Tahrir Square to address the demonstrators, and Hillary Clinton spoke of a "peaceful transition." Here's a quick look at the latest news out of Egypt.

  • The Guardian quotes the state-run MENA news agency as saying the Ministry of Information has ordered the "suspension of operations of al-Jazeera, cancelling of its licences and withdrawing accreditation to all its staff, as of today". [Guardian]

  • Egyptian Air Force fighter jets flew low over Tahrir Square today, but failed to intimidate protesters. [AJE]

  • Mohamed ElBaradei told Fareed Zakaria, "I think it is loud and clear from everybody in Egypt that Mubarak has to leave today, and it is non-negotiable for every Egyptian." [CNN]

  • ElBaradei has also gotten support from several key opposition groups to lead a post-Mubarak transitional government. [Reuters]

  • Egyptian citizens are forming neighborhood groups to protect property. CNN's Ben Wedeman tweets from his neighborhood:

    Pressure Mounts On Mubarak to Leave Egypt


  • The Minister of Defense, Mohamed Tantawi, was spotted hanging out with protesters in Cairo. [Al Masry Al Youm]

  • Hillary Clinton, speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," wouldn't explicitly back Hosni Mubarak and called for an "orderly, peaceful transition" to "real democracy." [NYT]

  • Issandr El Amrani asks several pressing questions about the current situation in the country. [Arabist]

  • Here's Oum Kalthoum's classic, "Inta Omri":

    [Image via AP]