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Cairo - UPDATE: Mubarak: I Will Not Run Again

Published on: February 1, 2011 04:32 PM
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Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak addresses the nation on Egyptian State TV in this still image taken from video,  February 1, 2011.  Mubarak said on Tuesday he would not run for the presidency again and would work in the last months of his term to allow the transfer of power.  REUTERS/Egyptian State TV   (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS)Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak addresses the nation on Egyptian State TV in this still image taken from video,  February 1, 2011.  Mubarak said on Tuesday he would not run for the presidency again and would work in the last months of his term to allow the transfer of power.  REUTERS/Egyptian State TV   (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS)

Cairo - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he will not run for a new term in office in September elections, but rejected demands that he step down immediately and leave the country, vowing to die on Egypt’s soil, in a television address Tuesday after a dramatic day in which a quarter-million protesters called on him to go.

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Mubarak said he would serve out the rest of his term working to ensure a “peaceful transfer of power” and carry out amendments to rules on presidential elections.

But the half-way concession — an end to his rule months down the road — was immediately derided by protesters massed in Cairo’s main downtown square.

Watching his speech on a giant TV set up in Tahrir square, protesters booed and waved their shoes over the heads in a sign of contempt. “Go, go, go! We are not leaving until he leaves,” they chanted, and one man screamed, “He doesn’t want to say it, he doesn’t want to say it.”

The 82-year-old Mubarak, who has ruled the country for nearly three decades, insisted that his decision not to run had nothing to do with the unprecedented protests that have shaken Egypt the past week. “I tell you in all sincerity, regardless of the current circumstances, I never intended to be a candidate for another term.”

“I will work for the final remaining months of the current term to accomplish the necessary steps for the peaceful transfer of power,” he said.

Mubarak, a former air force commander, resolutely vowed not to flee the country. “This dear nation .. is where I lived, I fought for it and defended its soil, sovereignty and interests. On its soil I will die. History will judge me like it did others.”

His speech came after a visiting envoy of President Barack Obama told Mubarak that his ally the United States sees his presidency at an end. Frank Wisner, a respected former U.S. ambassador to Egypt who is a friend of the Egyptian president, made clear to Mubarak that the U.S “view that his tenure as president is coming to close,” according to an administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the delicacy of the ongoing diplomacy.


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 Feb 01, 2011 at 04:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Gay Gezunte Hay!

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 Feb 01, 2011 at 04:53 PM guy Says:

so guys, do you think the protest will stop ?

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 Feb 01, 2011 at 05:42 PM Anonymous Says:

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guy Says:

so guys, do you think the protest will stop ?

no they want him out right now

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 Feb 01, 2011 at 05:46 PM HaNavon Says:

#2,

No, not at all. They do not want any members of his gov't in charge. It's been one of the most corrupt regimes in the world over the past 30 years.

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 Feb 01, 2011 at 06:45 PM Butterfly Says:

Mubaraki may go but do you think whoever we get will be better?? I think not!!

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 Feb 02, 2011 at 01:48 AM The_Beadle Says:

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HaNavon Says:

#2,

No, not at all. They do not want any members of his gov't in charge. It's been one of the most corrupt regimes in the world over the past 30 years.

Actually, on the list of the world's top dictator's Mubarak comes in at a lowly #20. Not really one of the most corrupt at all.

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 Feb 02, 2011 at 04:36 AM Chaim_Ben-Yehuda Says:

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Butterfly Says:

Mubaraki may go but do you think whoever we get will be better?? I think not!!

"We"? Who is "we" in this context?

"We" are no longer avadim bamitzrayim - just in case you had not noticed, Butterfly.

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