Mubarak Wants to Resign But Not Now
Mubarak says he wants to resign from his post as he fed up with ten days continuous protests but he fears that the country will run into chaos. Commenting on the calls resign, he said: "I don’t care what people say about me. Right now I care about my country." Doesn’t Egypt mean Egyptians?
It may be reminded that the protesters lead by ElBaradei and Muslim Brotherhood demanded Mubarak to step down by Friday, February 4. Mubarak told Obama that he did not know about Egypt and he did not know what would happen if he stepped down, Mubarak informed to the press. He did not answer directly to a question whether he felt the US betrayed him, Reuters reported.
With the unprecedented challenge to Mubarak’s autocratic rule descending into violence, Washington has been urging Egypt to begin the transition of power and move towards elections. The US officials are quoted as saying that they were weighing different options for Egypt. The New York Times cited U.S. officials and Arab diplomats as saying Washington was discussing a plan for Mubarak to hand over power to a transitional government headed by Vice President Omar Suleiman with the support of the Egyptian military.
However, Suleiman was quoted as asking the US and other foreign governments to mind their own business. Many of the protesters reject Suleiman as an alternative. Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979.It has been a key U.S. ally in the Middle East. Egypt’s army is also considered a strong ally to the United States. It was supplied with the US aid every year in Mubarak’s rule.
The protesters want democracy rather than replacement of Mr Mubarak by another autocratic ruler keeping the present system untouched.