Mubarak announces exit

    Embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has announced that he’s not seeking another term in office.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has announced that he’s not seeking another term in office.
     
    The Associated Press reports that Hosni delivered an address Tuesday during which he revealed that he would not compete in September’s presidential elections. He refused, however, to give into the public’s increasingly vehement demands that he immediately resign from office.
     
    President Mubarak, who has been in power for almost 30 years, asserted that his decision to sit out the election was not prompted by his detractors.
     
    "I tell you in all sincerity, regardless of the of the current circumstances, I never intended to be a candidate for another term," he insisted. "I will work for the final remaining months of the current term to accomplish the necessary steps for the peaceful transfer of power."
     
    The announcement comes after more than a week of civil unrest in Egypt, where citizens have been calling for Hosni’s immediate oust from office. As the president made his announcement, protestors watching the speech on a big screen booed the leader while waving shoes above their heads in disdain.
     
    Today, Hosni’s supporters lashed back at the disrespectful gestures with firebombs, bricks and rocks. The AP reports that backers who rode into Cairo’s Tahrir Square on camels were captured and badly beaten in the streets.
     
    CNN reporter Anderson Cooper was among those caught up in violence in front of the Egyptian Museum. He was punched several times while and his crew tried to walk between the opposing groups of protesters.
     
    "We never got that far. We were set upon by pro-Mubarak supporters, punching us in the head," Anderson told CNN. "We turned around and started to walk just calmly. The crowd kept growing, kept throwing more punches, kicks, trying to grab us."
     
    "It was pandemonium," he added. "Suddenly, a young man would come up, look at you and then punch you right in the face. You know the instinct is to try to punch back or push back, but that just enflames the crowd more."
     
    The violence has gotten so out of hand that the United States has released a statement saying that the White House "deplores and condemns the violence that is taking place in Egypt, and we are deeply concerned about attacks on the media and peaceful demonstrators. We repeat our strong call for restraint."

     

     

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