Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak may have fled to his home in Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday as flames and riots engulfed the capital city of Cairo, according to various world media reports.
Mubarak's two sons, Gamal and Ala, arrived in London late Saturday as the clashes in their home country continued. The Egyptian president's wife joined them a few hours later. .
On Saturday, the 82-year-old Mubarak bowed to protesters and named a vice-president for the first time, a move seen as lining up Omar Suleiman, hitherto his chief of intelligence, as an eventual successor, at least for a transition. Many also saw it as ending his son Gamal's long-surmised ambitions to take over.
Addressing his country on Saturday for the fist time since the riots began, however, Mubarak declared that he had no intention to deed demand for him to resign.
In five days of unprecedented protests that have rocked the Arab world, more than 100 people have been killed and thousands of demonstrators revolted on the streets of Egypt since Friday demanding an end to the decade-long dictatorship of the Mubarak regime.
Although the President fired his entire cabinet and promised immediate restructuring, protesters returned to the streets demanding total change of the ruling regime.
The protests in Egypt are similar to and inspired by the toppling of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali's presidency in Tunisia, which culminated in Ben Ali's flight to Saudi Arabia.
The protesters want Egyptian government to end its 30-year state of emergency and pass a law preventing a president from serving more than two terms, and want the interior minister Habib al-Adly, to resign.
The Muslim Brotherhood also called in its statement Wednesday for an end to Egypt's 30-year-old emergency law that bans political rallies. It also demanded sweeping constitutional amendments to allow free and fair presidential elections.
Egypt's opposition groups say the country's parliamentary elections late last year were rigged..