Updates From Egypt: Mubarak Appoints Vice President
On Saturday, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has appointed his intelligence chief Omar Suleiman as vice president. There has not been a vice president in Egypt since Mubarak held the post prior to taking office in 1981. Analysts say that this is the first indication of a possible succession plan. The announcement was made as protests continued on Saturday, with police opening fire on protesters attempting to storm the Interior Ministry in Cairo. In other areas of the country protests appear to be calmer than those on Friday.
Update: Reportedly, Omar Suleiman is about to give a public statement. It is unclear what he will say, but some speculate that the he will state the Mubarak has just stepped down and that Suleiman has himself assumed the presidency. Mubarak has also just appointed former Air Force Commander and Aviation Minister Ahmed Shafiq as the new prime minister.