Mubarak says will step down, won't leave Egypt

CAIRO Tue Feb 1, 2011 4:33pm EST

1 of 2. Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak addresses the nation on Egyptian State TV in this still image taken from video, February 1, 2011.

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said on Tuesday he would not leave Egypt although he would step down from the presidency at the end of his term, due to end when the country holds a presidential election in September. "The Hosni Mubarak who speaks to you today is proud of his achievements over the years in serving Egypt and its people," he said in an address broadcast on state television.

"This is my country. This is where I lived, I fought and defended its land, sovereignty and interests, and I will die on its soil," he said.

He also said pledged to implement a series of reforms, including calling on the judiciary to combat corruption, one of the complaints of protesters who have pushed him to announce an end to his presidency later this year.

(Reporting by Samia Nakhoul, Writing by Edmund Blair)

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Comments (17)
Marvin8 wrote:
What would lead ANYone to believe he’ll voluntarily step down? Folks would be crazy to believe so.

Feb 01, 2011 4:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
amos033 wrote:
They will not let Hosni Mubarak serve out his term, he is only trying to buy time…Jordan is next, they will demand an end to King’s rule then Syria and Libiya all falling like dominoes. Who will fill the vacuum? Returning exiled Mullahs will ascend to power peaceably like the Kohmeni did in Iran after the Shah was disposed. We are at the door of the End Times…look at the weather…can’t say all this was because of ‘Global Warming’ can we?

Feb 01, 2011 4:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dahodi wrote:
WHAT A DICTATOR?
He will resign at the end of his term, that too in September? Who can believe except Obama, Hillary and his friend Biden and of course Bibi.
Looks like he will be tried for his oppression and sins of the last 30 years, jailed or hanged.

Feb 01, 2011 4:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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