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Mubarak refuses to step down
Published on 3 Feb. 2011 12:37 AM IST
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Trouble reigned in the Egyptian capital Wednesday with pro and anti-government protesters clashing as President Hosni Mubarak said he would not quit till September, defying the call of millions of his people. Three hours after his announcement, US President Barack Obama said firmly that the transition must “begin now”. Mubarak, 82, said in a 10-minute televised speech Tuesday night that he would not run for presidency for another term and pledged to ensure a smooth transfer of power after September.

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