Mubarak says he will not resign until September

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, February 10, 2011 16:11 EDT
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After a day of rumors fed by major news networks citing officials from the US and Cairo claiming Hosni Mubarak would resign, Egypt’s president addressed the nation and reiterated his intent to hold the post until September.

“Your demands are lawful and legitimate,” he said to protesters in Tahrir Square, as chants of “GET OUT! GET OUT!” echoed through the city. “Mistakes are likely in any political regime and any state. However it is important to admit mistakes …”

“As the president of the state, I cannot find any embarrassment at all in listening to the youth of my state and responding to them,” Mubarak continued. “I cannot and will not accept to be dictated orders from the outside no matter what the source is.”

Mubarak had been urged by US President Barack Obama to begin a “transition” from power “now,” and protesters had been demanding for the last three weeks that he leave office immediately.

“I am totally determined and adamant to fulfill all the promises,” he said. “I’m keen on implementing all these promises on all these things with no going back.”

“I announced in very plain, unequivocal words that I will not run in the coming presidential elections,” Mubarak continued. “Satisfied to what I have offered to the nations for 60 years in times of war and peace … I will similarly remain adamant in safeguarding my position… This is the oath I’ve taken before God and the nation.”

He also hinted at what may be a deal with the armed forces, which could pose difficulties, or even a threat, to protesters who continued to occupy Cairo. Another rumor that circulated Thursday cited a document, circulated on Facebook, which claimed the military had planned to clear out Tahrir Square later that night.

“I have laid down a vision, a clear one, to exit the current crisis,” Mubarak said. “Looking forward to the support of every person keen on the people’s interests … to ensure the proper implementation which will be safeguarded by the armed forces. This dialog has yielded a preliminary agreement in stances and views, therefore we can lay our foot on the right path to exit the crisis.”

“This will go day by day and the path of peaceful transition of power from today until September,” he said.

Mubarak also proposed six constitutional amendments, one of which would remove Egypt’s permanent state of emergency that’s been in place for decades.

“Egypt will live on,” he signed off. “Egypt will remain, until I hand over the trust and the banner. It is the means and the end. The meaning of my life and the end of it… You will remain honest, proud people… May God save Egypt, a peaceful country, and may God safeguard a peaceful path.”

His speech was not well received, with the millions-strong crowd in Cairo going from jubilant to furious within minutes. Commenters on Al Jazeera English predicted more than 2 million would take to the streets on Friday after morning prayers.

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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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  • Anonymous

    Dictator to people: “I will not accept being dictated to.”

  • Anonymous

    this is by far and wide the most elaborate and insane way of committing suicide that i have ever witnessed… probably that the entire world has ever witnessed in all of history.

  • PrissyPatriot®

    He can go out the hard way or the easy way-like all dictators eventually do. His fate will no longer be in his own hands, the longer he continues to defy the will of the people of Egypt. Apparently, history has taught this dictator nothing. Oh well, its clear they won’t miss him.

  • Anonymous

    Storm his house and run his ass out tonight. Kill him if he doesn’t move fast enough.

    You can’t give dictators another inch or another day.

    Don’t back down now, Egypt.

  • Anonymous

    They gave him a chance to act like a human being, like an adult, and to do the responsible thing. He just flipped them the bird. Whatever they do to him is deserved. Go and get him, Egypt. He has named his terms, show him YOURS. This guy has stolen from you, tortured and disappeared your friends and family members, kept you from having your freedom for 3 decades. He has enriched himself and his family at YOUR expense. And now he is telling you how things will be. I say have at him. Do whatever the hell you want. String him up from a flag pole, upside down in town square for all to see. Do away with his family as well. Chase them to the ends of the earth and eliminate them from existence. He has decided that this is what you MUST do to show anyone who wants to take his place that this will NOT stand.

    You gave him the chance. He refused and insulted you. This is NOT how a real LEADER acts. Get yourself one.

  • Anonymous

    “Don’t I sound just like all the other tin pot dictators before me, saying exactly the same things before I either fall or I’m pushed?”

    On a more serious note, I hope to hell this ends quickly now because the implied violence against an uncontrollable mob is too terrible to contemplate.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, but he’s not the first and he won’t be the last. I personally like how Romania dealt with their dictator. And Italy. Quite fitting. And I suspect that Egypt may do the same thing. I won’t be surprised if they do. Nor will I do any Egypt bashing if they do.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5OQFBZ26C3VQ5ONGZGDBDY4BUU Mark A

    This guy would make the greatest movie villain ever. He really knows how to pull the strings. Unfortunately those are real people he is screwing with, not movie actors

  • Ron1127

    Sounds like you could also have been talking about Bush.

  • Anonymous

    I am positive he will not be leaving and if he does this september all that will happen is that he will be replaced by someone who will be another puppet for America/Israel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dorothy-Banks/100001470098554 Dorothy Banks

    Today Mubarak drew a line in the sand. He is not stepping down as president/dictator, and America better keep it hands out Egypt’s affairs. I fear there will be a blood bath tomorrow or starting tonight. Citizens of Egypt are hungry for freedom and democracy, and they are willing to die for these basic human rights just as Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement in America..

    When a poorly treated people get tired of footprints on their backs, they are prepared to leave their foot[prints in blood on the road to freedom and democracy. Hearing Mubarak sound so defiant and sure of his actions gives reason to believe that he has the support of his army and police force. At this point of the game I have no doubt he will unleash a reign of terror on the protesters who cannot fight bullets, tanks and tear gas with rocks, bricks and bottles.

    I am glad to see President Obama and his staff keep a cool head, gathering all the facts, communicating with Mubarak. I am listening to pundits sitting in the safety of their studios, demanding that President Obama publicly root for the protesters, something he did on day one of the demonstrations. The media needs to take a chill pill and stop creating facts to fit their narrative. The Middle East is a powder keg, and every word President Obama delivers has to be carefully weighed. He knows this is not America’s civil rights movement. Protesters have advised America to keep its distance.The final outcome of these protests are up in the air. And no one knows where or how it will end. The protesters are to be commended for their courage and conviction.

  • Anonymous

    I think other leaders in the Arab world see Egypt the same way as I do. And that is it’s a bulwark to stop change. If Mubarak leaves on the demands of his people, it will give even more power to the arab street in those countries like Jordan (having issues with Palestinian and Hashemite), Yemen, Saudi Arabia and other countries. Is it no wonder that the King of Saudi Arabia said he would continue to fund Mubarak if the US don’t. Because if Mubarak can go down, so can the Saud’s and they can’t allow that to happen.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, you’ve read my stuff before, then?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    I say he’s got about 12 hours before they storm his palace and string him up.

  • TheDevilCanDance

    Egyptians, time is money, storm the fucking presidential palace and hang that son of a bitch. You have been playing nice long enough, no one can blame you

  • Anonymous

    Now the Egyptian demonstrators are starting to learn what all us dirty hippies learned in the late 60s and early 70s: this demonstrating ain’t as easy as it looks and if you’re lucky and not one of those arrested or injured, occasionally seriously, you usually get bupkis at the end of the day!

  • Anonymous

    Classic, classic, classic tyrant. Classic views, attitude, manipulation, etc, etc… He sends out hints he will resign, then releases statements guaranteed to inflame. He will then claim how important he is to ‘keep the peace’ 100% Orwellian.

    The world is overrun with these ‘authoritarians’ or ‘social dominators’. For a good read of this ‘political pathology’ read:

    Yes, he’s our man, and we have put in place so many like him, for a very long time; all through America and around the world…

  • Anonymous

    lol.. :)

  • Anonymous

    ‘keep a cool head’ I disagree…. Obomber was all supportive on Mubarak initially! Remember how he put VP Joe out there to say Mubarak is cool? Then he could triangulate his position, based on the reaction to that. imo, Obomber is a fraud and no decent kind of leader. I believe he is a corporatist through and through – he will support the monied interests by default every time.

    For example, listen to what someone who has been reporting and living in the ME for many years and is consistently right. (also wrote many books) Robert Fisk:

    “And the great tragedy is that at this critical moment, Obama chose not to hold out his hand to the democrats and to say, “We support you, and Mubarak must go.”

    “to tell the Muslim world—he held up their hand, and he said, “Do not clench your fists in response.” When the democrats came onto the streets of Cairo and wanted what Obama had advertised to them, it was Obama who clenched his fist and Hillary Clinton who said that it’s a stable regime”

    “Only now, when they realize that perhaps Mubarak is going to go, mainly because the army want to get rid of him, not the protesters—and another part of the tragedy—are they beginning to say, “Well, we’ve got to get rid of this old man,” but not, of course, to replace him with real democrats but to replace him with an army-backed regime, which is effectively Mubarak part two.”

    “had Obama decided to say, “Look, I’m with the democrats; they’re doing what I talked about in Cairo 18 months ago, 17 months ago,” there would have been American flags all over Cairo, all over Egypt.”


    ‘Cool head’ indeed. Completely ice cold toward democracy… ‘stability’ = ‘keep our tyrant in power’ or ‘democracy for another day after we finishing torturing our prisoners’…

    If the ME is a powder keg, imo, it’s mainly b/c of all the tyrants we have supported for generations..

  • Anonymous

    No different from what the tyrant Nassar did in 1954, after promising the millions of protesters changes, he arrested the opposition leaders, kept them in prison for a year then executed them all.

    Get ready for major violence and large body counts.

    We Americans are at fault for propping up these thugs Mubarak and Suliman for decades, thus keeping the Egyptian people in oppression, and all for the sake of protecting Israel?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/HISQFQ4AGC6OW77MXASZH4A4QI dchoubak


  • Anonymous

    Mubarak cannot stay in power without the Egyptian Army’s support.

    The Egyptian Army will not publicly use violence against the democracy demonstrators unless the U.S. consents or at least acquiesces.

    Israel fears that the Egyptian democracy forces will produce another Hamas-type victory and is pressuring the U.S. to support the Mubarak regime.

    If the Egyptian Army uses violence against the democracy movement and the U.S. does not cut off all further aid to Egypt, the world will view the United States and Israel as anti-democ ratic powers.

    If that happens, the next time terrorists attack the United States or Israel, global sympathies will be against us.

    The Obama administra tion better get this one right, or the American Empire is in its final days.”

  • Anonymous

    That option has left the station. Looks more to me Mubarak like you WILL go!

    The military is not yours any longer and they are not going to go against the will of over two million people and growing.

    Pack your bags!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lon-Warneke/1409625620 Lon Warneke

    Never has been a better snapshot of a deluded tyrant…

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how much human misery throughout the ages has been suffered simply because of the egos of a very small number of men with really tiny penises.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lon-Warneke/1409625620 Lon Warneke

    And tiny minds too…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lon-Warneke/1409625620 Lon Warneke

    If the U.S. government hopes something like this can’t happen here at home…..They’d best slap themselves and prepare to surrender!…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lon-Warneke/1409625620 Lon Warneke

    My guess…probably between 92-99% of all populations suffered and are still suffering under that historical circumstance.

  • shinyorbs

    but you’ll sure keep taking our money

  • Anonymous

    If those 300,000 protesters all had AK-47s, tomorrow would turn out a lot better for them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JUZQ4SMXIDGJOVNPKVHTQVKB7A Daniel

    sounds like he is headed for a Mussolini moment

  • Anonymous

    “…all for the sake of protecting Israel”

    It’s the mission statement of the American foreign policy.

  • Anonymous

    It’s sad when the best alternative seems to be a military coup, followed by elections for a completely new government.

    Best of luck to the Egyptian people. You, and at present your army, have the moral high ground. Hopefully your tyrant can be deposed with minimal casualties.

  • BrainRagYell

    Wow, that’s some distorted version of “better.”

  • Mr. Neutron

    Egypt has over 5000 years of history – I’m sure these people realize they might have to have a few hundred thousand die to get to the next era.

    “I am William Wallace. And I see a whole army of my countrymen,
    here in defiance of tyranny! You have come to fight as free men. And
    free man you are! What will you do without freedom? Will you fight?”

    “Two thousand against ten?” – the veteran shouted. “No! We will
    run – and live!”

    “Yes!” Wallace shouted back. “Fight and you may die. Run and you
    will live at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now,
    would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for
    one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell
    our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take
    our freedom!”

    I wish Egypt well.

  • Anonymous

    Time for the Egyptians to take some serious action against this psychopath. He ain’t going anywhere of his own accord, he’s already made that loud and clear, for 17 days and twice on national TV.

  • Anonymous

    I like the word Al Jazeera keeps using… “DELUSIONAL”

    this is just so crazy… i was listening to NPR in the car, theyre normally pretty bland.. but they asked their reporter on the scene what she thought would happen now that he said Mubarak wouldnt step down.. she sounded desperate replying: “OH MY GOD… i have no idea.”

    The military is the only hope in this… its just… well.. i have no idea either.

  • Anonymous

    Right now, there are a bunch of generals arguing whether or not to coup d’etat. Should they go with Mubarak or go with the protestors? What are the pros and cons of each? Most of them are evidently sitting on the fence.

    But if they were faced with 300,000 angry protestors (mostly men) armed with AK-47’s, guess how fast they’d be pushed over to the protesters’ side of the fence? It’d be a no-brainer. If they went with Mubarak, they’d start a massive bloodbath which they would probably lose. A large portion of the front line military, being made up of draftees, would likely side with the protestors rather than sacrifice their lives firing on their fellow citizens.

    Then the generals would be on the losing side of a revolution. In this part of the world, that means they lose their heads along with their families. Like I said, a no-brainer.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    I suppose he may be lucky that Bush II is not president since he would have invaded already.

  • Anonymous

    You know. I’m starting to be of a different mind on this. It sounds like Mubarak is saying fuck you to this administration. If Mubarak left, Suleiman who is just as tyranical would presumably take his place. In fact I’m sure our government would love that.

    Would it be better for Egypt to wait for an election vs having Suleiman and whatever happens if he is in?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    Sorry Hosni.
    Its the Egyptian People who will no longer accept being dictated too.
    You lose, now flee with your billions before they string you up.

  • Anonymous

    WELL SAID!! He can go to hell.

  • Anonymous

    of course, this flies directly in the face of non-violence as preached by ghandi and mlk. your logic is strong, but I think if they take a non-violent approach, there could be blood spilled, probably not a bloodbath, and the army would still lose, even if they ‘win’. I think that’s the idea, anyway…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N6BJ56PKHQMYMIH3LYCOQC233I Sidd

    Why do we care about Egypt anyway?

  • Arlo J. Thudpucker

    How long could it possibly take to build a very modest pyramid for Hosni?

    Pressed camel dung bricks would speed construction, and provide appropriate ambiance.

  • Rush Goofbaugh

    Ironic… a dictator doesn’t like to be dictated to…. Hmmmmmm go figure.

  • Rush Goofbaugh

    He’s trying to hang on long enough to get all “his” cash out… before the next government freezes all of his accounts. When he leaves you can be sure there will be nothing left to freeze.

  • PartisansBlow

    Short answer? They control the Suez Canal through which a whole lot of oil and other goods get shipped everyday. They were the 1st Arab country to recognize and normalize relations with Israel which gave legitimacy to a Jewish state. We give them $2 bil. a year to play nice. Oh and we seem to like hegemony in the region.

  • PartisansBlow

    Ummm doubtful. Dubya would most likely be standing strong with Mubarak.

  • Anonymous

    Saying nothing?

  • Anonymous

    Sounds good except for what the army might do

  • Anonymous

    shorter answer: because we care about our fellow human beings. and democracy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EZ4W5CDCIVXKIIKESYBN2EP6VE brian

    Hi pot, meet kettle.

  • jimbo92107

    It takes a lot of work to steal $70 billion dollars from your country. Mubarak needs time to pack about 150 C-130s with hundred dollar bills.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PF4BRQDF4633RPXV5TPFG7KV7Y LarryM

    trash, I tells ‘ya…trash…

  • Anonymous

    30 years
    70 billions dollars
    More than a fair exchange
    If he wants to keep his dignity – let him give the money back to Egypt.

  • Anonymous

    Has there ever been a presidential address with more “I’s” … “Me’s” … and “My’s” … than this one?

  • Anonymous

    if anyone wonders what Mubarak’s bubble world looks like:

  • PartisansBlow

    Don’t forget sunshine and puppy dogs!

  • Anonymous

    Protesters Flood Tahrir Square After News Mubarak May Step Down
    Protesters are pouring into Cairo’s Tahrir Square following unconfirmed reports that suggest Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak may step down. They are now awaiting Mubarak’s speech. http://www.newslook.com/videos/289713-protesters-flood-tahrir-square-after-news-mubarak-may-step-down?autoplay=true
    Egyptians Furious At Mubarak’s Refusal To Resign
    Egyptian protesters remain in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, venting their anger at President Mubarak’s refusal to resign. http://www.newslook.com/videos/289765-egyptians-furious-at-mubarak-s-refusal-to-resign?autoplay=true
    I’m sure dictators in the region are thrilled. the more blood the better for them so as to unmotivate their own people from protesting.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    sunshine hurts my eyes and burns my skin..I like full moons.

  • Anonymous

    Hello. I was questioning the statement that the President has said nothing, not calling you a name.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N6BJ56PKHQMYMIH3LYCOQC233I Sidd

    It’s about oil. Who would have guessed? :)