Egypt's beleaguered president today failed to step down as people were told he would do but demonstrators say they'll escalate the protests.
Hosni Mubarak was expected to use his state of the nation address to resign this morning, but instead said he will stay in office and transfer all power only after September's presidential election.
The army had earlier told anti-government demonstrators Mubarak was resigning.
The president of the United States had also indicated America had managed to persuade Mubarak to go.
More marches are expected tomorrow and are set to escalate. It's the 17th day of protest with demonstrators pledging 'revolution til we die.'
Observers say Mubarak is in his last days and knows the people want him out but is making a last play for power.
They say he is:
a) trying to appeal to the popular masses with his talk of sovereignty and love of the land and Egypt
b) trying to cosy up to the youth, who are driving the demonstrations
c) trying to turn the people on 'foreign dictators' ie America, who is urging him to stand down
d) making false promises about the September general elections
e) scaremongering about the economy collapsing because of the demonstrations
f) giving too little too late and his offers of sweeteners will not be enough.