Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Said He Will Not Run For A New Term In September…But He Will Not Step Down!!!
In a televised speech to the nation, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak,82, said he will not run for a new term in office as President of Egypt in the upcoming September elections, but rejected demands that he step down immediately and leave the country.(HuffPo)
He did not confirm if his unpopular son Gamal would try to run in the September elections,causing concern.
He also rejected calls for him to flee the country, vowing to die on Egypt’s soil, citing the fact that he had served his country well as President for over three decades, and prior to that, he was a commander in the Egyptian Air Force.(USA Today)
“This dear nation .. is where I lived, I fought for it and defended its soil, sovereignty and interests. On its soil I will die. History will judge me like it did others.”…,Mubarak defiantly stated to the cameras.(CNN)
Although he would not be a candidate for a seventh term as president of Egypt ,he is determined to oversee reform and guarantee stability,by working to ensure a “peaceful transfer of power” and carry out amendments to rules on presidential elections opening the door for more candidates to run for the office. (AJC)
Upon hearing the defiant stance of the President Mubarak, millions of protesting citizens in Cairo’s main downtown square watching the address, immediately became agitated, and began shouting-“Go, go, go! We are not leaving until he leaves,”…”Game over” and “Leave now and we’ll leave you alone”…(WSJ)
The decision for President Mubarak to leave, came by way of a message from the US President Barak Obama earlier today,delivered to him personally by way of a special envoy, Frank Wisner, to tell Mr Mubarak that he had lost support of his people,and that it was “critical” he oversee a transition to free and fair elections in September.(Source)
Wisner,who is a former U.S. ambassador and is a friend of the Egyptian president, made it clear to Mubarak that the U.S “view that his tenure as president is coming to a close,” according to an unidentified administration official.
…basically,they made it clear to Mubarak, that he not only has lost the support of his people, but he has lost the support of his former allies around the world.
All things come to an end, and the end of his thirty year reign as president has come.
Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak is the fourth and current President of the Arab Republic of Egypt. He was appointed Vice President in 1975, and rose to power of the Presidency in October 1981, following the assassination of President Anwar El-Sadat,on a reviewing stand,at a military parade during an attempted political hostile takeover.(Source)
At the time of his rise to power as the president of Egypt, Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States.
To gain some perspective on Egypt’s plight,…just imagine if the USA was forced to accept Jimmy Carter as our president for the past 30 years!!!!
Prior to entering politics, Mubarak was a career officer in the Egyptian Air Force.
Egypt’s economy was stagnant for decades, but in the past 10 years it began to grow, creating bigger differences between rich and poor,much like what the neocon Republicans are working to set up in America, by bowing down to the will of the corporations,all to the detriment of the people.
The Egyptian anger is driven by economic woes, including a dramatic rise in the cost of living coupled with high unemployment. Despite the government’s food subsidies, people are still struggling, and they want to work, but there are no jobs available for them.(AlJazeera)
The majority of the citizens in Egypt, and throughout the Middle East, are primarily men under the age of 30,well-educated,but facing an uncertain future in their country, due to a lack of employment.(Source)
These young people have demanded that he step down now, and have promised that the longer Mubarak clings to power, the more likely that his ouster will be chaotic and violent.
To illustrate their dissatisfaction with him, many in the throngs amidst the crowd, took off their shoes and exposed the soles of their shoes, which is a traditional Arab show of ultimate disrespect….
…judging by the size of the million’s in the crowd angry at the president,I suggest that he take the first plane available out of there,or else his safety could get very unpredictable….
…many here in the states wonder if Egypt will fall and become another Islamic totalitarian religious fascist state, just like Iran,or will it begin on a path to modernism,economic development, and prosperity as a true democracy…only time will tell.