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Mubarak Will Not Seek Another Term: ‘Leave, Have Some Dignity,’ say Egyptians [VIDEO]

Mubarak Will Not Seek Another Term: ‘Leave, Have Some Dignity,’ say Egyptians [VIDEO]

President Hosni Mubarak announced late on Tuesday that he will not run for another term in office. In a taped speech (as confirmed by MSNBC), Mubarak said that, while the protests were started by “honest youths and men” they have been taken over by those “who wanted to take advantage” and that the protests were being “manipulated” “by political forces.”  Egyptians must choose between “chaos and stability.” He ended on a “defiant note,”‘ speaking about himself in the third person:

“Hosni Mubarak who serves you today took pride in the long time I spent serving Egyptians…I will die on the soil of Egypt.

“He says he will be judged by history.”

Mubarak vowed to stay in power until the next election, as reported in the Guardian.

According to American diplomats in Cairo and Washington, President Barack Obama had earlier told Mubarak through a special envoy not to run again. Obama called for an “orderly transition” in Egypt and said that this “must begin now.” As today’s New York Times states:

It was not clear whether the administration favored Mr. Mubarak’s turning over the reins to a transitional government, composed of leaders of the opposition movement and perhaps under the leadership of Mohamed ElBaradei, or to a caretaker government led by members of the existing government, including the newly appointed vice president, Omar Suleiman.

The decision to nudge Mr. Mubarak in the direction of leaving is a critical step for the United States in defining its dealings not just with its most critical ally in the Arab world, but also with the rising swell of popular anger on the streets of Cairo and in countries like Jordan, Yemen, Algeria and Tunisia.

The response to Mubarak’s speech in Tahrir Square in central Cairo was not of approval. Says Guardian correspondent Jack Shenker:

“People were bursting with hostility, many people held up their shoes in the air, which is, as you probably know, is one of the gravest insults you can show people in Arab culture, and as he announced that he would not be running in the September elections many of those shoes were hurled at the screen.”

In the coastal city of Alexandria, Egyptians made their feelings about their president very clear, saying ‘Mubarak, today is your last day.” The Guardian also reported that major opposition parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood, have rejected the offers made by Mubarak, according to Ivan Watson of CNN.

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11:34AM PST on Feb 6, 2011

Get out Mubarak --- leave the country, you have stacked enough in Swiss and other banks for all your rotten family and cronies.

Thousands have worked their lives away and can not make the ends meet - you just collected.

May God deal with you, your cronies and your masters (where ever they are)

Get out now

8:11AM PST on Feb 6, 2011

Another Jew against another Pharaoh and all other dictators from Cairo to the corporate boardrooms, from the Middle East to the Midwest, and from Wall Street to every Main Street.

Mubarak and his thuggish cronies must go!

4:09PM PST on Feb 3, 2011

Not enough. To people as controlled as the Egyptians, September is a long, long way off.

9:38PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

Mubarak stated that the protests had ...
"been taken over by those "who wanted to take advantage" and that the protests were being "manipulated" "by political forces." Egyptians must choose between "chaos and stability."
He failed to add that the political forces causing the chaos etc. were acting on his behalf.
I thought everything was going too well there for a while ... since when does a despot of some 30 years just say " Oh, OK then, I'll just step down and move along"
Watch this space ....

6:35PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

of course he is not running another term...

5:58PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

President Mubarak should step down as soon as possible and not wait until September...it is obvious to everyone that he has over stayed his office.

5:05PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

On Wednesday, non-violent protesters were provoked, attacked and injured. Mr President does not work for his people, he attacks them. He should be taken from office, thrown in the crowd and experience the other end of a stick. He disgusts me.

4:06PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

It would behoove Mr.Mubareck to listen to the Egyptian people and step down as quickly as possible. He has overstayed his welcome.

3:08PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

He's hanging on by teeth and toenails today. My big concern is the fact there are reports that the army has told the protesters to go home.

2:31PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

End Mubarak's reign now. Not tomorrow, Today...I stand with the Egyptian People in toppling this regime, Do not give up!!!

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