After civil unrest where thousands of protesters hit the streets across Egypt. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has asked his cabinet to resign. He says he will press ahead with social, economic and political reforms. He calls anti-government protests part of plot to
destabilize Egypt and destroy the legitimacy of his regime.
President Barack Obama has convened his national security team on the growing protests in Egypt as aides voice concern about violent clashes between demonstrators and police.
Obama's 40-minute session in the Oval Office on Friday took the
place of his daily national security briefing. It included Vice
President Joe Biden and his national security adviser, Tom Donilon.
Aides said additional briefings are planned during the day.
At the same time, spokesman Robert Gibbs called on the Egyptian
government to respect the rights of protesters and restore Internet
access, which has been halted as the protests spread.
Egyptian state television says President Hosni Mubarak has expanded the night curfew nationwide, an acknowledgement of how serious and widespread the anti-government protests are.
Mubarak earlier Friday ordered a nighttime curfew in Cairo, the
Mediterranean port city of Alexandria and the flashpoint city of
Suez east of the Egyptian capital.
Thousands of protesters are defying the night curfew in Cairo and are trying to storm the state TV building and the Foreign Ministry.
Some protesters were also looting television sets and electric
fans from the burning ruling party headquarters nearby after the
entire complex was set ablaze.
Egypt's military has deployed on the streets of Cairo for the first time since protesters took up their challenge to Mubarak four days ago.
Earlier, thousands of anti-government protesters wielding rocks,
glass and sticks chased hundreds of riot police away from the main
square in downtown Cairo -- and several of the policemen stripped
off their uniforms and badges and joined the demonstrators.
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