Egypt President Made Up His Mind to Exit 'Reluctantly'

World | February 10, 2011, Thursday // 20:02|  views

Egypt's VP Suleiman (right), who was just appointed by Mubarak (left), is expected to be the key person easing the Egyptian President out of power. Photo by

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has reluctantly come to his decision to step down and now recognizes it is time to change, a senior aide has said.

The ruling NDP party, Dr Hossam Badrawi, told Channel 4 News he expects President Hosni Mubarak to stand aside in a televised address on Thursday.

"He sees himself as someone who served his country," he said.

"He made mistakes but he sees himself as someone that does not deserve getting out of power, of his service, that way. At the same time he realizes that it's the time to change. That's my impression in the last two days."

President Mubarak is expected to pass his powers to newly appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman, a former general and intelligence chief.

"I'm expecting him to pass his decision for the constitution amendments and for him to go to the constitution and transmit his authorities as President to his Vice President," Dr Badrawi told Channel 4 News.

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