Mubarak declared on Wednesday that he will not step down and transferred some of his powers to Suleiman, as pro-democracy protests continue unabated on Friday.

The national demand of the demonstrators has been the immediate resignation of Mubarak.

The embattled president has come under harsh criticism by the US President Barack Obama, who said Mubarak has failed to lay out credible, concrete and irreversible change.

Outraged protesters in Egypt have demanded a civilian rule, not a military regime.