Friday, February 4, 2011
UPDATE: Now a major announcement is imminent from state TV.
Al-Arabiya says a rumor spread through Egypt this morning that the president has agreed to step down with certain guarantees. This produced celebrations and a tremendous feeling of relief in the crowd at Tahrir Square, says a commentator on Al-Jazeera.
However it remains just a rumor. Developing.
There are other signs that today could be a turning point, like the decision to air protest footage on Egyptian TV. And as the protestors stay peaceful, Mubarak can no longer play the chaos card.
A major shift here that may signal a further weakening of the resolve of the Mubarka government.
State TV is now shoring images of the protesters, and interviewing them for the first time.
This screencap is from Al-Jazeera playing state TV.