Protests in Egypt have carried into a ninth day after President Hosni Mubarak’s refusal to step down immediately from power. He instead promised not to stand again in September’s elections.
Responding to the growing chorus of demands for him to go, he addressed the nation.
“My first responsibility now is to regain the security and stability of the country to ensure a peaceful transition of power in a manner that protects Egypt and its people and to assign responsibility to someone the people choose in the upcoming presidential elections,” he said.
“Honestly and without taking into account the current situation, I can say I never intended to run for another presidential term. I have spent most of my life in the service of Egypt and its people. But today I vow to complete my mission to serve the country in order to give Egypt its pride back, to have a safe and stable country.”