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AP: Egypt Unmoved By Mubarak Speech

From an elated Associated Press:

Egypt crowds unmoved by Mubarak’s vow not to run

By Sarah El Deeb And Hadeel Al-shalchi, Associated Press
February 1, 2011

CAIRO – President Hosni Mubarak announced Tuesday he will not run for a new term in September elections but rejected protesters’ demands he step down immediately and leave the country, vowing to die on Egypt’s soil, after a dramatic day in which a quarter-million Egyptians staged their biggest protest yet calling on him to go.

Soon after his speech, clashes erupted between protesters and government supporters in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, and gunshots were heard, according to footage by Al-Jazeera television.

Mubarak’s half-way concession — an end to his rule seven months down the road — threatened to inflame frustration and anger among protesters, who have been peaceful in recent days but have made clear they will not end their unprecedented week-old wave of demonstrations until he is out.

The speech was immediately derided by protesters massed in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square. Watching his speech on a giant TV, protesters booed and waved their shoes over their heads at his image in a sign of contempt. "Go, go, go! We are not leaving until he leaves," they chanted. One man screamed, "He doesn’t want to say it, he doesn’t want to say it."

There is no pleasing some people.

It sounds like the ‘Arab Street’ doesn’t want an orderly transition.

In the 10-minute address, Mubarak appeared somber but spoke firmly without an air of defeat. The president who has ruled the country for nearly three decades — and during that time has rarely if ever admitted to making a mistake or reversing himself under pressure — insisted that his decision not to run for a new six-year term had nothing to do with the protests.

"I tell you in all sincerity, regardless of the current circumstances, I never intended to be a candidate for another term," he said. "I will work for the final remaining months of the current term to accomplish the necessary steps for the peaceful transfer of power."

Mr. Mubarak also said that he would focus like a laser on creating jobs.

Mubarak, a former air force commander, resolutely vowed not to flee the country. "This is my dear homeland … I have lived in it, I fought for it and defended its soil, sovereignty and interests. On its soil I will die. History will judge me and all of us."

The United States has been struggling to find a way to ease Mubarak out of office while maintaining stability in Egypt, a key ally in the Mideast that has a 30-year-old peace treaty with Israel and has been a bullwark against Islamic militantcy. An envoy sent by President Barack Obama to work out a transition — former U.S. ambassador to Egypt Frank Wisner, a friend of the Egyptian president — told Mubarak directly that 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

We thought it was bad for the US to interfere with the sovereignty of other nations. We must have been mistaken.

Or maybe it’s okay as long as Mr. Obama is doing it.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “AP: Egypt Unmoved By Mubarak Speech”

  1. retire05 says:

    I was watching videos of Egypt today and I noticed two things: first, there were damn few women in the protest and in most videos I saw NO women; second, the protestors were marching with red flags bearing the Russian hammer and sickle. Now, perhaps it is just me, but I find it very, VERY interesting that Russian symbols were represented.

    Egypt is also 10% Coptic Christian. If Mubarek is ousted, and the Muslim Brotherhood take over (which they will) those Christians are (to put it bluntly) dead.

    Egypt is going to wind up being Obama’s Carter/Iran redo.

    • proreason says:

      A threefor. The Moron gets to diss women, suck up to Vlad, and kill Christians without even disrupting his golf game.

      Surely he will have to escape global warming to Hawaii next week for some golf nose rubbin after all his stressful decision avoidance this week.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    “AP: Egypt Unmoved By Mubarak Speech”

    If the media were not such a bunch of goober smoochers the headline would read:

    “AP: America Unmoved By Obama Speech”

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