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The Indian Herald

February 11, 2011

Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak will not step down: Defiant dictator snubs internation pressure, refuses to resign

Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has refused to step down. Contrary to expectations that he will announce his resignation during the speech on the state TV, he said that he will continue to hold to power.

Mubarak said that he will continue in office and shoulder the responsibility to usher Egypt from the current crisis. Even though a sea of humanity gathered at Tahrir square and the world watched Al Jazeera airing the speech and expecting him to resign, Mubarak said that he will remain in office till his successor is elected.

The dictator said that he will not listen to any power or source from outside Egypt. Regretting the loss of lives, he expressed his sympathies for the families of the martyrs. Though he looked downcast, Mubarak said that he understands the aspirations of youths and will do his best to take the country forward. But would not contest the September election.

An adamant Mubarak who is facing a wave of dissent and anger, insisted that he would not succumb to pressures of foreign countries. Though he said that the amendments will be made in the constitution and dialogues will continue as part of the reform process.

As millions watched the speech on internet, twitterers sent angry tweets and wrote messages on facebook denouncing the president. There was anger at Tahrir square also as earlier media reports suggested that he was about to quit. American pressure and Obama's suggestions didn't seem to have any affect.

Mubarak said that the need of the hour was peace and stability. He hinted that emergency laws would not be lifted. Recalling his own contribution for the country and invoking the pride of Egypt, the defiant dictator said that 'he will not be separated from the soil until he is buried'.

TIH Bureau

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