AirTalk for February 10, 2011

Is today the day Mubarak steps down?

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Egyptian anti-government demonstrators wave their national flag as they gather at Cairo's Tahrir Square on February 10, 2011 on the 17th day of consecutive protests calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak is reportedly planning to step down today. Egypt’s Vice President Omar Suleiman is apparently meeting with Mubarak now. Egyptian state TV is reporting that Mubarak will update the Nation from the palace in Cairo soon. The speech is slated to be live and the conjecture is that he will indeed stand down. Protesters have been camped out in Liberation Square for weeks now. Thousands more are lining up to enter a packed Tahrir Square, anxiously awaiting Mubarak’s address. CIA chief Leon Panetta said there is a “strong likelihood'” today is the day. But White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says developments remain fluid in Egypt and he is not confirming reports that Mubarak is leaving office. The world is waiting and watching to see how and when this transition will go down.

Guests:

Qamar-ul Huda, Senior Program Officer, Religion and Peacemaking Center of Innovation, United States Institute of Peace (USIP); editor of the forthcoming book The Crescent and Dove: Critical Perspectives on Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam

Danielle Pletka, Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Michael Dunn, Editor of the Middle East Journal and blogger for The Middle East Institute


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