Egyptian VP urges people to go back home, ignore foreign news

Vice President Omar Suleiman addressed the nation shortly after the embattled president Hosni Mubarak said he is not stepping down now :

“What the president has announced today reaffirms he is standing by the side of the people.”

Suleiman confirmed that President Mubarak had transferred presidential powers for security to him. He asked all Egyptians “to contribute to reaching the goal” of peace and stability, according to an MSNBC TV translation.

“I have no doubt the Egyptian people are capable of defending their interests,” he says.

Suleiman also asked Egyptians to ignore foreign news reports and TV channels and to return to their daily lives for the better good of the nation, saying: “Go back to your homes. Go back to your jobs.”