Report: Mubarak Will not Seek Re-election

Breaking news from CNN.

A CNN breaking news alert states “Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will not seek re-election, a senior Obama administration official tells CNN. ”

He was last “re-elected” (loosely defined) in 2005.  The term of office (again, loosely defined) is six years.  “Elections” (you get the idea) were supposed to be held this coming September.

This strikes me  (and details are scant, so the impression is limited by the lack of data) as Mubarak trying to acknowledge that he knows he has to go, but being in denial over how his exit from power will go.  One suspects that the protestors will not be placated by a promise by Mubarak to leave office many months in the future.

Of course, it is one thing for a White House source to state that this is case, yet another for Mubarak himself to make a formal announcement.

Update: As I was posting this, Doug Mataconis was posting this as a story of Obama putting pressure on Mubarak.  I will post more details when I see them.

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Comments

  1. ponce says:

    It’s funny to see people on the American right quoting Al Jazeera.

    No matter who winds up running Egypt, the narrow special interests that have had a monopoly on shaping American public opinion about the Middle East has most likely been permanently broken.

  2. Neil Hudelson says:

    Seems to me this announcement, rather than announcing he’s stepping down, is to try to gain some time to put his own people in place. Gotta keep the new boss the same as the old boss.