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    'Mubarak to announce he'll step down after next election'

    Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will say in a televised speech that he will step down at the next election but would stay in office till then to meet demands of protesters in that period, Al Arabiya TV reported on Tuesday.
    The next election is in September. I don't think Mubarak will last until the end of February. Good - Let freedom ring in Egypt.

    Article is here.
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    Re: 'Mubarak to announce he'll step down after next election'

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    The next election is in September. I don't think Mubarak will last until the end of February. Good - Let freedom ring in Egypt.

    Article is here.
    That will depend on who replaces Mubarak.
    Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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    Re: 'Mubarak to announce he'll step down after next election'

    Too little, too late, I suspect. He's toast. And, that's some well-deserved karma right there.

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    Re: 'Mubarak to announce he'll step down after next election'

    I think it is safe to say that even though the Muslim Brotherhood is a part of Egyptian politics, that the country will not go Islamic fundamentalist. People keep expressing this fear, but the Brotherhood has been apart of the Parliament for many years and have never shown any signs of militancy or obstructivism. They are simply a party among many and pose no real threat to the US or the region.

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    Re: 'Mubarak to announce he'll step down after next election'

    Liveblogging Egypt: Day 5 - Max Fisher - International - The Atlantic

    3:42 p.m. EST / 10:42 p.m. Cairo The U.S. has told Mubarak, through special envoy Wisner, that he should not seek reelection and should not attempt to put his son Gamal on the ballot, reports the BBC's Kim Ghattas. Mubarak has not yet given Wisner his answer. According to Ghattas, the U.S. has not explicitly told Mubarak to "stand down immediately" from office, "they are hoping he has figured that out on his own." This would seem to confirm that the U.S. position is now that Mubarak should resign immediately.

    3:03 p.m. EST / 10:03 p.m. Cairo U.S. special envoy to Egypt Frank Wisner reportedly told Mubarak that he should step aside and should not be a part of any transitional government, according the Los Angeles Times. President Obama appointed Wisner specifically to address the current political crisis in Egypt. If this report is true, it suggests that the U.S. position is for Mubarak to step down from office, perhaps immediately. This would be a remarkable step for the U.S. against Mubarak and would align the Obama administration with the Egyptian protest movement in calling for regime change and a transition to democracy

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    Re: 'Mubarak to announce he'll step down after next election'

    Mubarak is an arrogant and stubborn sod. He figured he could buy himself several months, during which time he could figure out how to make himself indespensible or buy the populace off with trinkets. Ha.

    Looks like Obama has realized that diplomatic niceties roll right off his back, and it's time to hit him over the head with a 1.3 billion dollar aid hammer.

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    Re: 'Mubarak to announce he'll step down after next election'

    stick a fork in him - he's done
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    Re: 'Mubarak to announce he'll step down after next election'

    the operative word is AFTER

    President Hosni Mubarak announced that he would not run for another term in elections scheduled for the fall, appearing on state television to promise an orderly transition but saying he would serve out his term. In comments translated by CNN, he swore that he would never leave Egypt but would “die on its soil.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/02/wo...sition.html?hp

    more ominously:

    In this context, I charge the police apparatus to carry out its duty in serving the people, protecting the citizens with integrity and honour with complete respect for their rights, freedom and dignity.

    I also demand the judicial and supervisory authorities to take immediately the necessary measures to continue pursuing outlaws and to investigate those who caused the security disarray and those who undertook acts of theft, looting and setting fires and terrorising citizens.
    Hosni Mubarak's speech: full text | World news | The Guardian

    this does not appear to be a man willing to go anywhere

    yesterday, chris matthews and nbc chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell both expressed concern mubarak was gonna try to hold on and crack down

    matthews and mitchell are certainly not alone

    meanwhile, obama's special envoy, frank wisner, met with elements of the brotherhood in the embassy in cairo to discuss egypt after mubarak

    hillary's state dept would neither confirm nor deny the meeting

    fyi

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