Today in Alexandria.
As we signed off last night, the big question in Egypt was whether the military would support Vice President Omar Suleiman. He's the guy whose holds whatever power President Hosni Mubarak handed over yesterday with the world expecting him instead to fully resign.
On Thursday, the military's supreme council met for only the third time in its long history. They met without President Mubarak or VP Suleiman, and then military leaders went to Tahrir Square and told protesters that all their demands would be met.
And today, the military issued its second statement. In sum: The army supports the Mubarak plan for transition. From MSNBC:
The military's Supreme Council, in a statement called "Communique No. 2," acknowledged the delegation of powers to Suleiman, indicating that they stood squarely behind the president's decision not to leave immediately.
It also pledged to "preserve the stability and safety of the nation" and said the army "confirms the lifting of the state of emergency as soon as the current circumstances end," a promise that would remove a law imposed for 30 years that protesters say is used to stifle dissent.
That's not what the millions of people who've jammed the streets of Cairo and Alexandria and Suez this week wanted to hear. Al Jazeera reports huge numbers of Egyptians are turning out to protest, largely peaceful so far. Lauren Bohn, a journalist in Cairo, tweets this: "Text from Egyptian friend not going out today: 'We need to take a step back to move a million ahead.' "