Millions of anti-government protesters are expected to march on the presidential palace in Cairo after Hosni Mubarak refused to step down amid massive protests.

Meanwhile, thousands of anti-government protesters have already gathered outside the presidential palace in the suburban neighborhood of Heliopolis in the capital's northeast.

Egypt's state television building in Cairo has also been surrounded by outraged demonstrators demanding Mubarak's immediate resignation.

Egypt's main opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood has said that Mubarak's ouster is not the demand of a particular group but the national demand of all Egyptian people.

Tensions are expected to escalate further on the eighteenth day of pro-democracy protests as millions are to come together at mosques for Muslim communal prayers on Friday.

Meanwhile, media reports said The Egyptian military's Supreme Command Council is to make an important statement to the people.

Flurries of fury spread across Egypt on Thursday when the embattled president announced he did not intend to quit power and transferred some authorities to Vice President Omar Suleiman.

Human Rights Watch has called the recent move a "cosmetic change," saying that Mubarak's decision is far from a break with his three-decade abusive regime.

Meanwhile, Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Abdoul Gheit has said that recent demonstrations against Mubarak's despotic rule are the consequence of fraud in the recent parliamentary elections.

According to the United Nations, at least 300 people have so far been killed and thousands more injured during nationwide protests in Egypt.