Mubarak refuses to leave office

Egyptian leader vows to cling to power until his term ends in September, putting to rest speculation that he will quit.

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    President Hosni Mubarak provoked rage on Egypt's streets when he said he would hand some powers to his deputy but disappointed protesters who had been expecting him to step down immediately after two weeks of demonstrations.

    "Leave! Leave!" chanted thousands who had gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square in anticipation that a televised speech would be the moment their demands for an end to Mubarak's 30 years of authoritarian, one-man rule were met.

    Instead, the 82-year-old former general portrayed himself as a patriot overseeing an orderly transition until elections in September. He praised the young people who have stunned the Arab world with unprecedented demonstrations, offering constitutional change and a bigger role for Omar Suleiman, the vice-president.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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