WASHINGTON — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has not done nearly enough yet to answer his people’s concerns, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday, calling for an “orderly transition” to democracy.
Asked if Mubarak had taken sufficient steps to defusing Egypt’s worst crisis in decades by appointing military intelligence chief Omar Suleiman as his first-ever vice president and also naming a new premier, Clinton told ABC: “Of course not.”
“That is the beginning, the bare beginning of what needs to happen, which is a process that leads to the kind of concrete steps to achieve democratic and economic reform that we’ve been urging.”
Clinton said the United States was hoping for “real democracy” in Egypt and in later interviews with CBS and CNN urged Mubarak to pursue a “national dialogue” that could lead there.
“We’re trying to promote an orderly transition and change that will respond to the legitimate grievances of the Egyptian people which the protests are all about,” she told CBS.
“We are urging the Mubarak government, which is still in power, we are urging the military, which is a very respected institution in Egypt, to do what is necessary to facilitate that kind of orderly transition.”