President Mubarak 'Won't Bow To Foreign Pressure'
STEVE INSKEEP, Host:
President Hosni Mubarak did say that he would hand over some powers to his new vice president, but insisted he would not be stepping down from the presidency now or leaving Egypt.
HOSNI MUBARAK: (Through translator) I will not separate from the soil until I'm buried underneath.
INSKEEP: That's Mubarak speaking through an interpreter. He intends to remain president, he says, until elections in September. Mubarak said that stepping down now would be bowing to foreign pressure.
MUBARAK: (Through translator) I cannot and will not accept to be dictated orders from outside, no matter what the source is and no matter what the excuses or justifications are.
INSKEEP: By the way, Egypt's military put out a communique today making the same promise, effectively saying that the emergency law would end after the protesters go home. We should point out, though, that Mubarak pledged to end the emergency law in 2006 and later renewed it.
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