Mubarak says he will not resign

Elections still planned for September


In an address to Egyptians, President Hosni Mubarak reiterated he would not be stepping down before an elected government can take over, and intends to continue ruling with the support of those who want safety and stability for Egypt. Mubarak called the protesters’ demands legitimate, adding that “any state can make mistakes, what is most important is to acknowledge these mistakes.” The president, whose regime has been under siege since massive anti-government protests broke out more than two weeks ago, announced a peaceful transfer of power starting immediately, with free and transparent elections still planned for September. Mubarak also promised to carry out an inquiry to investigate the deaths that occurred during clashes between anti-government and pro-Mubarak demontrators. Finally, he announced that he would be handing over some powers to his vice president, Omar Suleiman. But he stopped short of meeting the main demand of protesters: that he resign completely and immediately. As he made his closing remarks, the hundreds of thousands gathered in Tahrir Square erupted in cries of “get out, get out,” while many raised shoes above their heads as the ultimate insult to Mubarak.

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Mubarak says he will not resign

  1. The task of succeeding President Mubarak will not be an easy one. In his speech he acknowledged the role of Egyptian youth in this uprising against his dictatorship. With a massive cohort of young, highly educated and unemployed Egyptians, massive economic stimulus will be necessary to create jobs and prevent future unrest.

    Here is an examination of the unemployment issues facing both the youth of Egypt and any future leaders of the country:


    It will be interesting to see if Egypt's next leader lasts 30 years should the country's unemployment issues not be solved rather quickly now that Egypt's youth has had a taste of their power for change.

    • Massive economic stimulus? Are you really calling for that? I guess if America will spend into oblivion might as well have a few joiners eh?

      • Got another option to get people employed quickly?

  2. Well, unless elements of the army move quickly to force Mubarak to change his mind, and go now, there will be a lot more deaths coming soon in Egypt.

  3. Horses ass. The lust for power is immeasureable. This clown runs the risk of very real violence including running the risk of the country turning anti-everything west. These are very frightening times. Possibly the beginnings of WW III or the second crusades, whatever your preference. Hold onto your hats.

    • "The lust for power is immeasureable."

      I know, these crowds won't go away and wait for a democratic resolution to take place.

  4. I agree with you. I think the solidarity and determination of the crowds, as well as the way Muslims and Christians have worked side by side on this shows what Egypt could do, if only their government trusted the people to govern themselves.

  5. If the crowds go home any time soon, they will be hunted down and murdered one by one, family by family, in the dark places away from media spotlight. They are past the point of no return. I am very afraid for them. I just hope they can hang on long enough.

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