The role of the Egyptian army is falling increasingly into the spotlight.
The United States had praise for the measured military response to the anti-Mubarak demonstrations. But Britain’s Guardian newspaper reports allegations that the army has been detaining, beating and torturing protesters who want the president out.
And our correspondent in Cairo said talk is growing in the city of the possibility of a military coup.
The army has provided Egypt with its leaders for the past six decades. But this popular uprising against Mubarak’s 30-year, one-man rule has brought economic and social chaos to the country. The army has already promised to help restore normal life and maintain political stability.
A large column of tanks and mechanised infantry has already been stationed on the road to the presidential palace, a position that also gives them command of the route to the airport.