Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Says He Will Not Run for Presidency Again … But The Violence Continues to Escalate


Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stated that he would not run for president again; however, the time table does not seem good enough for the anti-Mubarak protesters.  Mubarak said that he would leave office at the end of his term in September. This will hardly play well with the people in the streets.

“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.

His speech came shortly after President Obama’s special envoy delivered a message to the embattled Egyptian president about the need to prepare for an “orderly transition” of power in the country, a U.S. official said.

 Egypt’s Army Calls for End to Protests

Egypt’s army began to close ranks around its commander in chief, President Hosni Mubarak, by calling on antiregime protesters to go home Wednesday, one of multiple signs the government is regaining its footing and attempting to siphon momentum away from the opposition.

Meanwhile, Egyptians still loyal to the president—and those eager for a return to normal life—came out in various neighborhoods to voice their demands. The crowds, numbering in the thousands, comprised civil servants, shopkeepers and taxi drivers, most of whom have been kept away from work for the past week while the country’s political crisis has unfolded.

Some ministries had brought workers to the protests, people said. There were reports of skirmishes with opponents of the regime.


Chaos in Cairo


ABC News is reporting that violence has broken out in Cairo Square assupporters of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak are fighting with opposition protesters in the streets. Complete chaos has broken out with no sign of the police security or the army to stop the violence. I guess we knew all along that it would come to this.

Supporters of embattled Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak have clashed violently with opposition protesters after marching into an anti-regime rally in Tahrir Square in central Cairo.

Protesters from both sides threw stones at each other in the divided square, the epicentre of opposition demonstrations now in their ninth day.

Supporters of the president also charged anti-regime protesters on horses and camels before being surrounded and dragged from their animals.

Early reports say at least 10 people have been injured in the clashes.

More at CNN, this is just out of control. One has to wonder when the Army will step in and stop this.

[Update 2:58 p.m. Cairo, 7:58 a.m. ET] Men on horseback and camels charged into the crowd at Cairo’s Tahrir Square, some of them lashing people on the ground with whips. Several were pulled off their animals and beaten, and the others retreated. CNN’s Ivan Watson said the horseback riders came from the pro-Mubarak side of the demonstration.

[Update 2:49 p.m. Cairo, 7:49 a.m. ET] The stone-throwing and fighting at Tahrir Square have suddenly stopped and people are hugging and chanting “We are one,” CNN’s Ivan Watson reports from his vantage point.

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  • Comments

    8 Responses to “Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Says He Will Not Run for Presidency Again … But The Violence Continues to Escalate”

    1. NGBoston on February 2nd, 2011 3:35 pm

      This paragraph taken from the Wash. Post:

      “For decades, the Arab states have seemed exceptions to the laws of politics and human nature. While liberty expanded in many parts of the globe, these nations were left behind, their “freedom deficit” signaling the political underdevelopment that accompanied many other economic and social maladies. In November 2003, President George W. Bush laid out this question:
      Egypt protests show George W. Bush was right about freedom in the Arab world:

      “Are the peoples of the Middle East somehow beyond the reach of liberty? Are millions of men and women and children condemned by history or culture to live in despotism? Are they alone never to know freedom and never even to have a choice in the matter?”

      You may have heard on CNN/MSNBC that some Obots are trying to promote the idea that the Muslim Brotherhood is a mostly “moderate” group. Andy McCarthy, author of the definitive book “The Grand Jihad” has the Natural Truth within it’s contents.

      A former national security advisor to GWB lays out “The Two Likeliest Political Outcomes for Mubarak”

      Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post lays bare the Pragmatist’s Fantasy.

      Some excellent reporting from the streets of Cairo by the Wall Street Journal.

      Is Mohamed elBaradei really “The Man” in Egypt?

      And this is a MUST-READ because it focuses on the real issue—Follow The Money!

      And finally, my take from the weekend is this. My premise—that Middle Eastern culture + Islam = “sucks”—still stands.

      Sorry, but gotta’ call it like we see them. And Dubya, well…he nailed the outcome of what we are now witnessing clearly years ago.

    2. yoyo muffintop on February 2nd, 2011 10:56 pm

      Has Palin weighed in yet, or is she still trying to figure out which colored block on her atlas is Egypt?

    3. Buster on February 2nd, 2011 11:39 pm

      What’s your excuse YoYo Muffontop ??? I see your getting out from under your rock from time to time !!!

    4. Rusty Bridges on February 3rd, 2011 8:19 am

      #2, unlike Obama who thinks there are 57 (US)states?

    5. Dolf on February 3rd, 2011 9:25 am

      Thats democracy
      You can’t tell ppl what to vote.

    6. Tamikosmom on February 3rd, 2011 9:18 pm

      The militant Muslim Brotherhood does not embrace democracy. The objective to overthrow the present dictorial regime and establish their own.

      There are different factions of Islam and .. each covets control. Moderate Islam is a myth.

      The only meeting of the minds that the different Islamic factions embrace is their hatred of America and … a worldwide agenda that implies that Islam ultimately rules.

      The silence from Israel is deafening in regards to the current uprising in Egypt. The dictator next door has tolerated their existance. The Muslim Brotherhood will not.

      If there is an election … there will only be one and … the outcome is a given. The will of the different Islamic factions will not be the issue … the Muslim Brotherhood will emerge victorious.

      From a diplomatic position … the democracies of the free world are between a rock and a hard place in regards to the outcome of this uprising. This is the very reason that diplomatic relations should not exist with regimes where basic human rights are denied to the people … the democratic process is a non-issue.

      As much as democracies are reliant on Islamic oil … Islam is reliant on the sale of this black gold to support their economies.


    7. Tamikosmom on February 4th, 2011 6:03 pm

      CNN Interviews With Anti-Mubarak Protesters Turn Into Anti-Israel & Anti-US Hatefest
      Posted on January 30, 2011

      Alexandria is something of a stronghold for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, so maybe this did not come as a total surprise to CNN reporter Nic Robertson.

      As he talked with protesters along a demonstration route he encountered a group who reveal, with great candor, some of their real motivations for opposing Hosni Mubarak. The clip takes the anti-Israel turn at the 1:30 mark:

      Woman #1 sets the stage for Woman #2:

      “All the people hate him. He’s supporting Israel! Israel is our enemy. We don’t like him…Israel and America supported him. We hate them all!”

      Woman #1 then explains that they will accomplish the removal of Mubarak by “revolution.”

      Then the guy that follows them takes it up a notch by explaining that when the people in Egypt are finally free they will be able to “destroy Israel.”


    8. NGBoston on February 5th, 2011 12:37 am

      #6 & 7- Excellent posts as usual.

      Thanks, Janet.

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