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EGYPT: Mubarak to address nation after rebuffing U.S. suggestion to step down

Egyptian state television announced Tuesday night that President Hosni Mubarak would address the nation, after a special U.S. envoy was reportedly rebuffed in urging Mubarak to step down.

The state TV announcement said only that Mubarak would address the public with "an important statement." Al Arabiya news network reported earlier that the embattled Egyptian president would announce that he won't run for reelection this autumn but will stay in office until that vote, expected in October.

The announced address was set after special U.S. envoy Frank G. Wisner, a former ambassador to Egypt, met with Mubarak to deliver what sources said was a message that he should make way for a new Egyptian leadership that doesn't include him. The sources said Wisner's message was rebuffed.

Mubarak has said little since the clamor for his ouster began more than a week ago and has escalated to paralyze the Middle East's most populous nation. A demonstration in Cairo on Tuesday drew at least 200,000 protesters, the largest so far in demand that the 82-year-old authoritarian leader resign after nearly 30 years as president.

-- Carol J. Williams

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For Israel government and more importantly their uncle, Egypt is not going to be the same, the longer they support Mubarak regime the angrier Egyptian peoples attitude will be towards them, stop living in wishful thoughts!

Yeah, he is still resigning because there is no way the people of that country would re-elect him. He made a wise decision on this matter. Hopefully the new President of Egypt will continue Mubarak's polices and secure the region for US interests and not the interests of Iran. The Muslim Brotherhood needs to be rebuffed from the political process in that country and hopefully real democrats that actually care about human rights will enter the new Government. The real democrats need to form a political party, with a charter that spells out what they want for Egypt, either that, or the whole movement will be co-opted by the extremists and we will wind up with another Iranian style government in the Arab world.


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