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Last Updated: February 04, 2011
‘Fed Up’ Hosni Mubarak Quitting?
By A U Asif

The Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is “fed up” and wants to quit but fears that the nation would “sink in chaos” if he steps down. ABC News, which recently interviewed Mubarak, said: “He is fed up with being President and would like to leave office now, but cannot, he says, for fear that the country would sink into chaos.”

In his first interview after pro-democracy protests gained momentum, Hosni Mubarak blamed the 82-year old banned Ikhwanul Muslemeen, a formidable constituent of the National Coalition for Change, for the violence in Cairo. He said: “I was very unhappy about yesterday (February 2, 2011). I do not want to see Egyptians fighting each other.”

On US President Barack Obama’s apparent calls for his resignation, Mubarak said he told his American counterpart, “You don’t understand the Egyptian culture and what would happen if I step down now.” He, however, maintained that Obama is a “very good man.”

When asked about seeing people shouting insults about him and wanting him gone, Mubarak, who has been ruling Egypt for the last 30 years following Anwer Sadat’s assassination, said, “I don’t care what people say about me. Right now I care about my country, I care about Egypt.”

The 82-year-old leader said he had never planned to run for Presidency during the September election, neither had any plan to pass on the mantle to his son Gamal, who was also present during the interview.

On his feeling after addressing the nation on February 1 night when he said he would not run for Presidential election again, Mubarak said he felt “relief“. According to the report, Mubarak was along with his family and his palace was heavily guarded by armed troops, tanks and barbed wires. Protesters’ Friday deadline for Hosni Mubarak’s resignation is ending on February 4, 2011.

The Obama administration is said to be in talks with top Egyptian officials about the possible immediate resignation of President Hosni Mubarak and the formation of an interim government that could prepare the country for free and fair elections later this year.

US officials said on February 3 the creation of a military-backed caretaker government in Egypt is one of several ideas being discussed as anti-Mubarak protests escalate in the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities after the confrontation between the pro and anti-Hosni Mubarak people.

The officials said the United States isn’t seeking to impose a solution on Egypt but stressed that the administration had made a judgment that Mubarak has to leave office soon if there is to be a peaceful resolution to the crisis. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive diplomatic talks that are continuing. The talks were first reported by The New York Times.

 


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