Hosni Mubarak has been in power in egypt for 30 years now. Some in Egypt will argue he has been there the whole time without the people's consent. He was catapulted to power through emergency laws 30 years ago when the current president was assasinated. No elections, no freedom of choice for the people.
Now, after 30 years, the people are revolting. They have stated they will not stop until Hosni Mubarak steps down and leaves the country. Such is their frustration. The protestors did not accept a whole new cabinet. They did not accept the appointment of a vice president for the first time. They simply want him to go.
Why are they so frustrated? After 30 years of Hosni Mubarak in power, there is record poverty, record unemployment and a general very low standard of living. Add to this accusations of corruption at all levels of government and you have some very angry people.
The only thing left for Hosni Mubarak is to step down and leave the country. Every hour he stays in Egypt, the situation gets worse. Looting is rife and residents have resorted to forming gangs to protect their homes and families. With rolling strikes, billions of dollars have been lost in the economy and they are on the verge of reaching the point of no return.