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Friday, February 11, 2011

Egypt power transfer not enough: Obama


US President Barack Obama Thursday warned Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak had failed to lay out credible, concrete and irreversible change and said Cairo must spell out a clear path to democracy.

Obama issued a strongly-worded statement after a day of drama in Cairo in which hopes that Mubarak would step down were dashed, and replaced by fury as he only went as far as ceding some authority to Vice President Omar Suleiman.

“The Egyptian people have been told that there was a transition of authority, but it is not yet clear that this transition is immediate, meaningful or sufficient,” Obama said.

“Too many Egyptians remain unconvinced that the government is serious about a genuine transition to democracy, and it is the responsibility of the government to speak clearly to the Egyptian people and the world.

“The Egyptian government must put forward a credible, concrete and unequivocal path toward genuine democracy, and they have not yet seized that opportunity.”

Mubarak’s refusal to end his 30-year rule sparked fury among a huge crowd in the central Tahrir Square and sparked fears of a day of violence on Friday in Cairo.

CAIRO (Reuters) -

Egypt's powerful army stepped in on Friday to guarantee the lifting of 30-year-old emergency laws and free and fair elections in a bid to end a popular uprising as hundreds of thousands gathered in Cairo for a huge rally.

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Egypt power transfer not enough: Obama

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