11 Feb 2011 Egypt's president Hosni Mubarak defied his country last night and refused to stand down.
Despite hundreds of thousands of people flooding into Cairo’s Tahrir Square expecting the 82-year-old to make way for a transitional government, he made it clear he was determined to cling on to power until elections in September.
In an 18-minute televised address he said he intended to remain in charge to oversee a ‘peaceful transition’ of power and ‘fulfil what I have already promised’.
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Contempt: Egyptians raise their shoes to show their attitude to President Mubarak - in the Middle East shoes are a symbol of dirt and degradation
But Mubarak said he would not give in to ‘foreign interventions’ and added: ‘I express a commitment to carry on and protect the constitution and the people and transfer power to whomever is elected next September in free and transparent elections.
‘As president I don’t see anything wrong to hear the youth of my country and to respond to their demands but I will not accept at all any diktats by foreign countries.’
Anticipation: Tens of thousands of people gathered in Tahrir Square in Cairo hoping to hear news of the resignation of Egypt's president
Unhappy: Hundreds of protesters in Tahrir Square show their contempt for Mubarak
Crowds: A tank is mobbed by swarms of people eagerly awaiting news from Mubarak