Despite Mubarak sacking his cabinet, his refusal to step down incensed the people. For the first time in 30 years, the dictator appointed former spy chief Omar Sulleiman as vice-president. Alexandria\'s youth formed citizens committees to protect their neighborhoods following the withdrawal of the police force and the mass release of hardened prisoners
Communications is gradually restored, some banks are opening for a few hours. The regime entered talks with the opposition, but this reprieve was not to last long. Activist Wael Ghonim is released the next day, and his emotional display on TV gave a new lease of life to the protest movement.