Egypt's Mubarak Asks Government to Resign

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As his country continued to rise up against his leadership Friday, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak asked his Cabinet to resign and promised to name a new government "tomorrow."

Egypt's military enforced a curfew in Cairo as frustrated residents continued fierce street riots against the local government.

Appearing on television for the first time since the protests began, Mubarak expressed no intention of stepping down as president.  He also defended the security crackdown on protestors and vowed to press ahead with social, economic and political reforms.  Click here to watch Mubarak's comments and video of the protests in Cairo.

Click play to watch earlier coverage of the unrest in Egypt, followed by analysis from CBN News' George Thomas, Gary Lane, and Erick Stakelbeck.

CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell also spoke more about the affect Egypt's protests could have on Israel. Click here for his comments.

Throughout the day, protestors clashed with authorities and set the ruling party headquarters in Cairo ablaze along with police cars.

The government also shut off phones and the Internet early Friday morning in anticipation of a new round of massive protests against the president.

Mubarak said the anti-government protests are part of plot to destabilize Egypt and destroy legitimacy.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appealed to Egyptian authorities to respect the rights of their citizens amid the crackdown.

"We are deeply concerned about the use of violence by Egyptian police and security forces against protestors. We call on the Egyptian government to do everything in its power to restrain security forces," Clinton said. "At the same time, protesters should also refrain from violence and express themselves peacefully."

"We support the universal human rights of the Egyptian people, including freedom of expression, association and of assembly," she added. "We urge the Egyptian authorities to allow peaceful protests and to reverse the unprecedented steps it has taken to cut off communications."

The Internet black out came on the day anti-government demonstrations are expected to be the biggest yet in Egypt.

"I wish we didn't have to go to the street to impress on the regime that they need to change," said Mohamed ElBaradei, Egyptian pro-democracy advocate and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. "We tried signatures. We tried boycotting the elections. Nothing worked."

ElBaradei is now under house arrest after being attacked by police in the protests.

For three decades, Mubarak has held power. He hasn't said if he will run for office again this year and he hasn't been seen or heard from since the protests began Tuesday.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama urged Egypt's government to exercise caution in its attempts to reign in the protests, noting the nation has been an important U.S. ally in the Middle East peace process and in fighting terrorism.

"Egypt's been an ally of ours on a lot of critical issues," Obama said.

"The government has to be careful about not resorting to violence and the people on the streets have to be careful about not resorting to violence," he added


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