5:00 pm: BBC reports: “The Muslim Brotherhood says it will reconsider continuing talks with the government if calls for President Hosni Mubarak and other demands are not met, Reuters reports. A spokesman for the opposition group said some demands had been met but the principal one – that Mr Mubarak leave – had not been.”
Though there were signs, yesterday, of a rift among the anti-Mubarak forces over whether to negotiate with Vice President Suleiman, today it appears that for the time being, anyway, the opposition is once again united in demanding Mubarak’s departure. Reports the Guardian:
“Groups representing demonstrators across Egypt have said they will not end the protests until Mubarak has gone. They also want to see parliament dissolved and the lifting of the oppressive state of emergency among other measures.”
The stalemate continues.
12:10 pm: A German magazine is reporting that Mubarak is headed to Germany for what will be permanent R&R at a clinic in Baden-Baden:
“Will Hosni Mubarak travel to Germany as a patient as part of a graceful exit strategy for the Egyptian president? Plans for a possible hospital stay here appear to be more concrete than previously believed. Spiegel Online has learned that a luxury clinic near Baden-Baden is being favored.
“The United States government’s scenario for an end to the political chaos in Egypt appears to be this: President Hosni Mubarak travels to Germany for a ‘prolonged health check’ that would offer the 82-year-old a dignified departure. Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that secret talks to that effect were being held between the US government and Egyptian military officials.
“According to information obtained by Spiegel Online, plans for a possible hospital stay in Germany are far more concrete than had been assumed so far. Talks are already being held with suitable hospitals, particularly with the Max-Grundig-Klinik Bühlerhöhe in the southwestern town of Bühl near Baden-Baden, Spiegel Online has learned from sources close to the clinic. The hospital management declined to comment.”
11:45 am: Here’s a partial text of Vice President Suleiman’s account of the reforms that he agreed to in talks with opposition groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood. Of course, the departure of Mubarak isn’t one of them:
“First: Implementing the Commitments Announced by the President in Speech to the Nation on February 1, 2011: (1) No nomination for a new presidential term will take place; (2) A peaceful transition of authority within the constitutional framework; (3) The introduction of constitutional amendments to articles 76 & 77, and related constitutional amendments needed for the peaceful transition of authority; (4) Legislative amendments related to the amendments of the constitution; (5) Implementation of the rulings of the Court of Cassation, regarding challenges to the People’s Assembly election; (6) Pursuit of corruption, and an investigation into those behind the breakdown of security in line with the law; (7) Restoring the security and stability of the nation, and tasking the police forces to resume their role in serving and protecting the people.