Mubarak: If I step down, Egypt will sink into chaos

February 3, 2011 22:16


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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday said that he wants to resign but feels that if he does, Egypt will "slide into chaos." Mubarak's comments came in an interview with ABC's Christiane Amanpour.

"I am fed up. After 62 years in public service I have had enough. I want to go," Mubarak told Amanpour.

On calls for him to resign, Mubarak said "I don't care what people say about me. Right now I care about my country."

The Egyptian president responded to calls from his US counterpart Barack Obama that he step down saying, "you don't understand the Egyptian culture and what would happen if I step down now."

On violence that erupted between pro and anti-Mubarak protesters on Wednesday, the Egyptian president said, "“I was very unhappy about yesterday. I do not want to see Egyptians fighting each other.”

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