Monday, January 31, 2011

Australia: US and Egyptian crisis

The Sydney Morning Herald

Pressure on US to abandon Mubarak

"Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei put pressure on the United States on Sunday to support calls for President Hosni Mubarak to step down, saying "life support to the dictator" must end.

"In a series of interviews with US television networks from Cairo, ElBaradei also said he had a mandate to negotiate a national unity government and would soon reach out to the army, at the heart of power in Egypt for more than a half century.

"ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace laureate for his work with the UN nuclear agency, said it was only a matter of time before Mubarak, who has ruled Egypt for three decades, stepped down. He urged US President Barack Obama to take a stand."

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