Mubarak Supporters Demand End to Protests

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CAIRO - Supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak clashed Wednesday with democracy protestors, demanding they end their anti-government movement.

The news came as Egypt's military called for an end to the massive anti-government demonstrations that have rocked Cairo for more than a week.

"Your message is received ... (your) demands became known. And we are here and awake to protect the country for you ... not by power but by the love to Egypt," a ministry spokesman said in a TV broadcast on Egyptian state media. "It is time to go back to normal life."

Click play to watch Chris Mitchell's report followed by analysis from CBN News Sr. International Correspondent George Thomas.

Mitchell also gave a more detailed account on the situation in Egypt.  Click here for his comments from Cairo.

The government has also returned Internet service to the country and has eased a nighttime curfew.  
    
On Tuesday, President Hosni Mubarak announced he would not seek reelection in the fall. But for many protestors, the president's pledge to step down was far from satisfactory.  

"We're not leaving here until he leaves. We're sick of him. We're sick of all he has done," one protester said.

"We are not certain what will happen tomorrow, but we are fighting to make our own tomorrow as Egyptians," another anti-Mubarak demonstrator said.

Many protestors have vowed they will remain in the streets until the embattled leader is ousted. And for the first time in a long while, they feel they have the upper hand.

Obama Calls for Orderly Transition

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has begun talking with Mubarak about how to transition out of power. 
   
Speaking at the White House on Tuesday night, Obama said the passion and dignity of the Egyptian people has been an inspiration. 

"It is not the role of any other country to determine Egypt's leaders," Obama said. "Only the Egyptian people can do that." 

"What is clear, and what I indicated tonight to President Mubarak is my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and it must begin now," he added.

Obama said the transition process should include a "broad spectrum of Egyptian voices and opposition parties."
    
He ignored a reporter's question about whether Mubarak should leave now instead of waiting for elections in September.

Egypt's Uncertain Future

Although different factions of personalities are jockeying to control this revolution, everyone is united on one goal - to make Mubarak leave office.  Once that goal has been accomplished, it's unclear what will happen next.

Everyone agrees this revolution represents a sea change for Egypt. Some see it as the first scene in the first act of a long drama over the future of the land of the pharoahs.

In the meantime, Egypt's present is precarious and its future uncertain.  Many wonder what will be the outcome for the most influential Arab nation in the Middle East. 

Consequently, the country's Christians have continued to call for prayer and fasting for Egypt in its hour of crisis.

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