U.S. Urges Mubarak to Hand Egypt’s Power to Transitional Government
February 4, 2011
(ChattahBox World News)—Faced with continuing protests and his country’s virtual breakdown, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak declined a proposal from the Obama administration in which he would resign and turn over power to a transitional team led by Vice President Omar Suleiman, the N.Y. Times reports. The team would work on Egypt’s faltering electoral system so that elections are fair by September.
Although Mubarak is determined to stay in power through the September elections, that vow will be tested today, when protesters announced they will march on the presidential palace in what they’re calling Mubarak’s “day of departure,” the Times notes. Vice President Joe Biden spoke to Suleiman on the phone Thursday, urging the transition.
The Egyptian uprising has placed pressure on American intelligence agencies from analysts who wonder whether the CIA and other agencies sufficiently warned the White House about the potential of an Egyptian uprising, the Times reports. In response, a CIA spokesperson said that the CIA knew that Cairo’s situation was becoming “untenable” but that the agency couldn’t anticipate what events would actually create an uprising.