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Egyptian President Mubarak says government will resign; he'll appoint new one

CAIRO - Embattled President Hosni Mubarak said he has asked his Cabinet to resign in his first appearance on television since protests erupted demanding his ouster.

Mubarak gave no indication that he would step down as the nation's leader during his brief address late Friday evening.

Mubarak said he would press ahead with social, economic and political reforms. He called anti-government protests part of plot to destabilize Egypt and destroy the legitimacy of his regime.

He defended the country's security forces' crackdown on protesters, adding that he regretted lives lost.