‘‘Egypt will explode’‘ Mohamed ElBaradei has warned.
The Egyptian opposition leader’s dire verdict was posted on the social networking site Twitter immediately following President Hosni Mubarak’s 20 minute address. The Nobel Peace Prize winner also called on Egypt’s army to save the country now.
The reaction in Washington to President Hosni Mubarak’s speech was also sombre, with President Obama declaring Cairo had yet to put forward a ‘‘credible, concrete and unequivocal’‘ road-map to democracy. The US leader reportedly held talks with his national security team straight after Mubarak’s speech.
Germany’s foreign minister also said the latest moves by the Egyptian leader offered nothing new.
‘‘It was not a step forward,’‘ Guido Westerwelle said. ‘‘This speech did not have a liberating effect on Egypt and the worries of the international community and the German cabinet have grown and not diminished.’‘
The EU’s chief diplomat Catherine Ashton also insisted ‘‘the time for change (in Egypt) was now’‘.