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Mubarak stays despite huge passionate protests

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has refused to leave office, despite huge demonstrations calling for him to quit.

The man who has led the country for 30-years spoke to the nation where he ceded some of his powers to vice-president Omar Suliman, but did not resign his post.

As Mubarak spoke the hundreds of thousands packed in Tahrir Square fell silent until it became clear the 82-year-old was to remain in office.

At that point the crowd started chanting for him to go and what was a carnival atmosphere turned instantly sour as frustration and anger reached boiling point.