Festive Mood Sweeps Cairo's Tahrir Square

World | February 10, 2011, Thursday // 20:10|  views

A protester in Cairo's Tahrir Square holds a placard, reading "Game over". Photo by CNN

Thousands of people packed Cairo's Tahrir Square on Thursday night, cheering, whistling and clapping at news that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak may soon announce he is stepping down.

People waved Egyptian flags throughout the square and danced as drums and music played.

The crowd chanted "Civil, civil, not military!" indicating they don't want Mubarak to hand the nation over to military rule.

Protestors have said they will remain relentless until their demands are met and a new regime is in place.

Suggestions that Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak is likely to announce he is standing down within hours may have brought excitement to the protesters in Tahrir Square in central Cairo, but reports say their joy may be premature.

Some sources are backing up the reports but others deny it, leaving the impression that the Egyptian leaders are divided and uncertain what step to take next.

Mubarak had previously pledged to quit office after presidential elections due to be held in September.

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