Egypt’s Mubarak Hangs on to Power Amid Protests

President Hosni Mubarak has refused to heed calls for him to step down even as protests continued to rage in the streets of Egypt, most notably in the capital, Cairo.

Protests in the Arab country raged for the fifth day Sunday, with Mubarak refusing to step down from the presidency. However, the 82-year-old former Air Force commander tried to appease protesters on Saturday by naming his confidante and former intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, as his vice president, marking the first time that Mubarak will have a deputy since he assumed office in October 1981.

The continuing protests have led to chaos mostly in Cairo, where looting and burning of cars are becoming rampant. Supermarkets, stores, and banks, among other establishments have reportedly been attacked by looters over the past several days. Violence has also mired the protests, with the Associated Press saying that more than 100 people have been killed since the protests started. The chaos has also driven away tourists and some diplomats, reports said.