Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak has sacked his government and promised dialogue but protesters remain on the streets of Cairo.
The army is out too although showing little inclination to crack down on the crowds.
Mubarak’s first statement since protests began came at the end of the biggest day of unrest yet.
Medical sources reported at least 29 dead and more than 1,000 injured.
The president made major concessions but did not mention stepping down now or at elections due in September.
“Today, I have asked the government to offer its resignation,” said Mubarak. “As of tomorrow, I shall give the new government clear and particular tasks to deal decisively with the priorities of the current situation.
“I repeat I shall not hesitate in taking any decision which guarantees every Egyptian man and woman their security and safety.”
He also expressed his regret for what he called “innocent victims” among the demonstrators and the police.
The question now is will that be enough for those who have been demanding his resignation.