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18 Days That Shook the World

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Feb. 10: The Egyptian military released a communiqu that suggested it would intervene to bring an end to the upheaval that had seized Egypt for over two weeks. Statements by high-ranking generals and figures in the ruling party, also suggesting that Mubarak would step down, bolstered the protesters' belief that they were about to witness the end of Mubarak's reign. However, the president dashed their hopes with a defiant speech on Thursday night, announcing only that he would delegate unspecified privileges of his office to Suleiman. That would not be enough. "He's going to go! We're not going to go!" protesters chanted in Tahrir Square.

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