Mubarak Remains in Southern Egypt - Report

World | February 11, 2011, Friday // 15:37|  views

A general view shows Egyptian anti-government protesters demonstrating after the Friday prayer at Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt, 11 February 2011. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has left Cairo but is probably still in Egypt, possibly in Sharm el Sheik in the southern part of the country, according to multiple media reports.

On Friday, a day after transferring some power to Vice President Omar Suleiman in an effort to quell weeks of protests, reports from Arab, Israeli and U.S. media outlets suggest Mubarak left the presidential palace.

His destination was unclear but he is rumored to still be in Egypt, possibly in Sharm el Sheik in southern Egypt.

After high hopes were squashed by President Hosni Mubarak's refusal to relinquish power, tens of thousands of Egyptians filled the streets of Cairo on Friday, perhaps the largest crowds yet in the 18 days of uprising.

All eyes fell on the powerful army as the protests were expected to gain momentum after the conclusion of midday prayers.

Analysts said the military could play a key role if demonstrations swell.

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