PATERSON - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced in Cairo Thursday that he would not resign, instead delegating most of his power to the country's newly appointed vice president.
Anti-government protesters had expected Mubarak to step down after weeks of chaos and riots in the Egyptian capital. In response to his defiance, thousands of Egyptians are set to march to the presidential palace today.
In Paterson, the impact of Mubarak speech last night was felt by local Egyptians who say they are both disappointed and surprised that the leader still refuses to step down.
"The people have to calm down," said one Egyptian man living in Paterson. "My family is very scared. I am very worried."