One of this week's protests in Port Said in Egypt
"The president will issue a decree soon, it could be tonight, calling for elections to start in April," a source in his office told Reuters.
1900 GMT:Morocco. Reporters Without Borders has condemned the 10-month prison sentence handed down last week to citizen journalist Mohamed Attaoui on the charge of “working as a local official despite being suspended”.
Attaoui was arrested on 21 January in town of Tounfite north-central Morocco while photographing homes that are unfit for habitation for a report he intended to publish.
The president and general secretary of the Tounfite Group, a grass-roots association to which Attaoui belongs, were also arrested and have been sentenced to a year and eight months in prison, respectively.
Following his arrest, Attaoui was placed in solitary confinement and was not allowed a visit from his wife until 18 February.