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Mubarak speaks

Mubarak speaks, Suleiman too
By Eric Black

Christiane Amanpour, who now works for ABC, got into the palace in Cairo and spoke to Pres. Hosni Mubarak, Mubarak’s son Gamal, and the new vice president, Omar Suleiman. Not sure how she scored the interview, and Mubarak’s current line is full of unbelieveable self-justification. But since I gather it’s the only interview he’s given to a journalist since the crisis started, it’s worth noting. The interview was not broadcast, only Amanpour describing it afterwards. Full writeup and video available here.

Mubarak says that he’s fed up and wants to leave the presidency, but cannot leave before his current term ends because that would bring chaos and lead to a takeover of Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood.

The fact that Gamal Mubarak was home was noteworthy because reports had circulated that he and his mother had fled to London.

Suleiman echoed the Mubarak line and said that changes to the constitution and electoral laws were already in process.

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Mubarak and Suleiman denied that the government was behind any of the recent violence, which has been caused by pro-Mubarak thugs, who may well be undercover police, attacking demonstrators while police and military do nothing to stop them.