Mubarak declares nationwide curfew

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Friday extended a curfew to cover all 28 governorates in the country, state television announced at the end of a fourth day of nationwide protests.

He had earlier declared a curfew in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez.

“Following the earlier decree… the commander of the armed forces has decided to extend the curfew to cover all governorates in the country,” state television said.

The curfew was to run from 6:00 pm (1600 GMT) to 7:00 am (0500 GMT) until further notice.

The president “has asked the armed forces, in cooperation with the police, to implement the decision, and maintain security and secure public establishments and private property,” it said.

At least one tank was stationed by the television building housing the information ministry as demonstrations continued across the country on Friday demanding the ouster of Mubarak.