Middle East

In quotes: Reaction to Hosni Mubarak speech

International leaders and senior politicians react to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's speech, in which he said he would stay in office until September's election but also delegate some powers to Vice-President Omar Suleiman - defying the demands of hundreds of thousands of protesters to quit immediately.

US PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

"It is not yet clear that this transition is immediate, meaningful or sufficient. Too many Egyptians remain unconvinced that the government is serious about a genuine transition to democracy, and it is the responsibility of the government to speak clearly to the Egyptian people and the world.

"We therefore urge the Egyptian government to move swiftly to explain the changes that have been made, and to spell out in clear and unambiguous language the step by step process that will lead to democracy and the representative government that the Egyptian people seek."

EU FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF BARONESS ASHTON

"An orderly and irreversible transition towards democracy and free and fair elections is the shared objective of both the EU and the Egyptian people. The lifting of the state of emergency... must be implemented as soon as possible."

DANISH PM LARS LOEKKE RASMUSSEN

"Mubarak is history, Mubarak must step down. Mubarak made a huge blunder yesterday [Thursday]."

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, EGYPTIAN ISLAMIST OPPOSITION GROUP

"Mubarak appeared before us with a stinging speech that proves that he is still in charge. He still says he will do this and do that but will delegate authority to his deputy. But it's just more deceptive words to stop the people's demands."

FRENCH PRESIDENT NICOLAS SARKOZY

"I hope with all my heart for Egypt's nascent democracy that they take time to create the structures and principles that will help them find the path to democracy and not another form of dictatorship, religious dictatorship, like what happened in Iran.

"It [a partial handover of powers] was unavoidable."

BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY WILLIAM HAGUE

"All we want in the UK is for them to be able to settle their own differences in a peaceful and democratic way. That's what we've called for from the beginning of this crisis - for an urgent but orderly transition to a broadly-based government in Egypt.

"It's not immediately clear what powers are being handed over and what the full implications are.

"The solution has to be owned by the Egyptian people themselves."

ISRAELI DEFENCE MINISTER EHUD BARAK

"It's up to the Egyptian people to find their way and to do it according to their own constitution, norms and practices."

GERMAN GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN STEFFEN SEIBERT

"What Mubarak has announced is not enough. These developments remain hopeful, but also of course give us considerable worry whether the protests remain peaceful."

US REPUBLICAN SENATOR JOHN McCAIN

"President Mubarak's announcement that he will remain in power is deeply unfortunate and troubling".

EGYPTIAN OPPOSITION LEADER MOHAMMED ELBARADEI

"Egypt will explode. Army must save the country now."