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UMass Lowell Provost Ahmed Abdelal watches Mubarak's speech online. (credit: Bernice Corpuz)

UMass Lowell Provost Ahmed Abdelal watches Mubarak’s speech online. (credit: Bernice Corpuz)

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LOWELL (CBS) – Egyptians living in the U.S. are keeping a close eye on on developments in Cairo.

UMass Lowell Provost Ahmed Abdelal rolled his eyes and, at times, shook his head while watching Egypt President Hosni Mubarak speak Thursday night.

WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias speaks to former Under Secretary Of State Nick Burns.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz speaks with UMass Lowell Provost Ahmed Abdelal.

“It’s just obviously a long talk. You really don’t know where he’s going,” said Abdelal.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones speaks with a B.U. graduate student who has family in Egypt.

After the speech, there is still some confusion on how the changes will affect Egypt. One thing is clear, though: Mubarak did not resign.

WBZ’s Jon Keller discusses the situation in Egypt.

“He’s asking his vice president to assume the responsibilities of the president,” said Abdelal. “I think (it’s a good thing). He’s leaving the decision-making to the vice president. I’m cautiously optimistic.”

He said only time will tell if the vice president will be an effective leader.

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