Protesters have spread across Egypt, demanding that President Hosni Mubarak resign and a more democratic government be established. Egyptian demonstrators are fed up with what they see as an inadequate government that has resulted in widespread poverty and unemployment.
The protests came two weeks after protesters in Tunisia forced out their own president.
Mubarak, who has been in power for 30 years, has fired his Cabinet but refused to step down himself. For the first time ever in his rule, he announced a vice president, former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman. Mubarak addressed the nation on television and promised social reforms, as well as vowing that he wouldn't run again for re-election.
Protests against his rule have occurred worldwide, including countries in Europe and states in the U.S.
Chaos has erupted in Egypt with looting and little law enforcement to prevent it. The ruling party’s headquarters were sacked and burned. The government ordered Internet and cell phone service in Cairo and other areas to be blocked, as protesters have been using both to organize.
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama said that transition in Egypt must happen immediately. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the Obama administration is reassessing its $1.5 billion aid to Egypt.
Should the U.S. support Mubarak or back the protesters? Should it cut aid to Egypt?