Egypt unrest: Key excerpts from Hosni Mubarak speech


After expectation in Egypt that President Hosni Mubarak would announce his resignation, he gives a speech saying he will transfer some powers to Vice-President Omar Suleiman but remain in power until elections in September.

Here are key excerpts from that speech.

Citizens, countrymen, young men and women of Egypt, I am addressing you today. I am addressing the youth of Egypt in Tahrir Square and throughout Egypt.

I am addressing you today with a speech from my heart. A speech of a father to his sons and daughters.

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Mr Mubarak's speech was broadcast on Egyptian state television

I would like to tell you that I am proud of you as a symbol of a new generation of Egyptians that is calling for change... and a youth which is dreaming and making the future.

I would like to tell you first of all that all your martyrs and injured - their blood will not be in vain, and I would like to stress that I will not refrain from punishing those behind those crimes with all severity...

I would like to tell you that my response to your voice, your message, your demands is an irrevocable commitment...

Any political political system can commit mistakes, and any state can commit mistakes. What is most important is to acknowledge those mistakes and put them right as soon as possible and bring those behind them to account...

I say to you that I, as the president of the republic, I do not find an embarrassment or objection in listening to the young people of my country and in responding to them.

But the biggest embarrassment and shame, and what I never did and will not do, is to listen to foreign diktats coming from abroad, whatever their sources or justifications...

I express a commitment to carry on and protect the constitution and the people, and transfer power to whomever is elected next September in free and transparent elections...

I have presented today a request to amend six articles of the constitution - 76, 77, 88, 93, 189 - in addition to cancelling article 179, with an assertion of our commitment to do more to subsequently present a request to amend more articles as recommended by the constitutional committee, in line with the necessities and justifications it sees.

These amendments aim as a priority to define the conditions of being nominated to run for the presidential election, and to have a definite term for the president so that there will be a rotation of power, and to enhance the regulations to supervise the elections and ensure their freedom and honesty.

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Protesters in Tahrir Square expressed their displeasure with Mr Mubarak's speech

And as for scrapping article 179 of the constitution, it is aimed at redressing the required balance between protecting the nation from terrorism and ensuring the respect of civic rights and freedoms that will open the door for ending the emergency law, whenever tranquillity and stability are restored and the appropriate circumstances are available to lift it...

Citizens, the priority now is to recover trust among Egyptians and also the trust in our economy and international reputation and that the change we have embarked upon will carry on.

Egypt has gone through difficult times and we cannot allow these to carry on.

The damage to our economy... will lead to a situation in which the youth calling for reform will be the first to be affected...

I am aware of the dangers facing us... Egypt is going through a very significant phase in its history. This compels us all to put the interests of the nation first and put Egypt above any consideration.

I thought to transfer the powers of the president to the vice-president, according to the constitution. I am very well aware that Egypt will come through this crisis: the will of its people will not be broken, it will stand on its feet again.

With the confidence and the loyalty and the frankness of its people, it will answer back against the enemies and fight them off. We will prove our ability to achieve the demands of the people through a civilised and conscientious dialogue. We will prove that we are not followers of others, that we do not take instructions from others and nobody can make or decide our deeds except the demands of the people and the call of the street...

I say it again that I have lived for the sake of this nation, protecting the nation and carrying my responsibilities and Egypt will remain above any individual and above everybody.

Egypt is the land of life and death... I and Egypt will not part until I am buried in its soil.