(CNN) – President Barack Obama spoke with embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak by phone Tuesday for roughly 30 minutes, National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s announcement Tuesday that he would not run for election in September and would seek to bring constitutional and social reforms during the remainder of his term drew mixed reactions.
For most protesters across the country, Mubarak’s stance to stay in office for the next eight months was not exactly what they wanted to hear. Protesters have focused on the immediate resignation of Mubarak as desired outcome of their efforts. Some protesters removed their shoes, shouting that Mubarak is a liar and offering empty promises, according to CNN’s Arwa Damon, who’s in Cairo.
“They want him out now and anyone associated with him,” Damon said.
The Washing Post is reporting Egyptian President Mubarak will not seek reelection. Potentially ending mass protests against his regime.
Obama sent message to Mubarak through envoy that Egyptian president should not run again, reports @nytimes
Mother Nature is once again making her presence known to air travelers.
Airlines canceled nearly 5,900 flights on Tuesday due to a massive winter storm moving through the Midwest. Flight-tracking service FlightAware.com says the total for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday is already more than 7,700.
Jordan King dismisses government (2:53 p.m. EET | 7:53 a.m. EST)
After protests in Jordan, inspired by the unrest in the region, Jordan’s King Abdullah dismissed the government and appointed Marouf Bakhit to replace Samir Rifai, Reuters reports.
Demonstrators in Jordan have protested the social and economic problems in the country, Joel Greenberg reports, but they have not challenged the king. The protests have been peaceful and have not been confronted by the police.
RT @nytimes: NYT NEWS ALERT: After Protests, King Abdullah II of Jordan Dismisses Government
CAIRO — Protesters converged on the heart of Cairo in droves Tuesday, responding to a call for a million Egyptians to unite in the largest protest in a week of unceasing demands for President Hosni Mubarak to leave after nearly 30 years in power.
Both the BBC and Al Jazeera estimated the crowd to have topped 100,000.
A stream of protesters arrived in Tahrir, or Liberation, Square at checkpoints guarded by protesters and the army, which promised Monday night that it would not fire on protesters.