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Mubarak says will step down, won't leave Egypt
February 1, 2011 / 9:09 PM / 7 years ago

Mubarak says will step down, won't leave Egypt

<p>Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak addresses the nation on Egyptian State TV in this still image taken from video, February 1, 2011. REUTERS/Egyptian State TV</p>

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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