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Transcript: Mubarak tells Egyptians he won't seek re-election

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Mubarak: I will not seek reelection
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Egyptian president spoke in a nationally televised address
  • Mubarak: "I was not intent on standing for the next elections"
  • "History will judge me and others," the president says
  • Mubarak says he won't step down before the election
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  • Egypt
  • Hosni Mubarak

Cairo, Egypt (CNN) -- This is the text of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's address to his country Tuesday evening:

"In the name of God the most merciful the most gracious, my fellow citizens I speak to you in a difficult time testing Egypt and its people and which could almost push it toward the unknown. The homeland is undergoing critical events and difficult tests which have started with honest young people and citizens. They have the right for peaceful demonstrations to express their worries, but they were exploited very soon by those who wanted to exploit the situation to create chaos and destroy the constitution.

"These demonstrations moved from a civilized expression of practicing freedom of speech to sad confrontations which were organized by political groups who wanted to throw fire on the oil and to threaten the stability and provoke and create looting and destruction and fires and to block roads and attack national possessions and public and private possessions, and attacks on some diplomatic missions in Egypt.

"We are living together in difficult days, and what hurts our hearts the most is the fear which has overtaken most Egyptians and the anxiety which has overtaken them regarding what tomorrow will bring for them and their families and the future and destiny of their country. The events of the last few days impose on us all, as people and as a leadership, choosing between chaos and stability, and brings in front of us new circumstances which our army must deal with in the most wise of ways in order to protect Egypt's interests and its children. My brother and citizens, I have initiated the formation of a new government with new priorities and initiatives which will respond to our young people's demands and their anxieties.

"And in dialog with all political forces, we have discussed all the issues that have been raised regarding our democratic and political reforms and constitutional changes which they will require in order to fulfill these legitimate demands and the restoration of stability and security. But there are political forces who have rejected this invitation for dialog, holding on to their private agendas and without concern for Egypt's situation, and with their rejection for my invitation to dialog which is still on.

"I will directly speak to my people -- peasants, workers, Muslims, its young people and old people and to all Egyptian men and women in the countryside and in the cities across the land and in all the districts. I never wanted power or prestige, and people know the difficult circumstances in which I shouldered the responsibility and what I have given to the homeland during war and during the peace.

"I am also a man of the army, and it is not in my nature to give up responsibility. My first responsibility now is to restore the security and stability of the homeland, to achieve a peaceful transition of power in an environment that will protect Egypt and Egyptians and which will allow for responsibility to be given to whoever the people will elect in the forthcoming elections.

"I will say with all honesty and without looking at this particular situation that I was not intent on standing for the next elections, because I have spent enough time in serving Egypt. I am now careful to conclude my work for Egypt by presenting Egypt to the next government in a constitutional way which will protect Egypt. I want to say in clear terms, that in the next few months of the remaining of my current reign I will work very hard to carry out all the necessary measures to transfer power.

"I will speak very clearly during the forthcoming few months until the end of my term until sufficient procedures and measures are taken to preserve and to guarantee a peaceful transition to power. In view of my authority, I call on the parliament, the people's assembly and the shura consultative council to amend articles 77 and 76 of the constitution to pave the way for elections and to specify periods for presidential terms.

"And so that the parliament can discuss these amendments -- these constitutional amendments -- and in order for the parliament to be able to discuss these constitutional changes and the legislative changes of the laws linked to the constitution, and in order to guarantee that all political powers will contribute to these discussions, I ask of the parliament to commit to speed up the election. I will pursue the transfer of power in a way that will fulfill the people's demands and that this new government will fulfill the people's demands and their hopes for political, economic and social progress and for the provision of employment opportunities and fighting poverty and achieving social justice.

"And in this context I want to ask the police to carry out their role in protecting the citizens honestly and to respect their rights and freedoms and their dignity. I also want to ask censorship authorities and legislative authorities to carry out immediately every measure to pursue those who are corrupt and those who have been responsible for what has happened in all the destructive acts and looting and fires that have taken place in Egypt.

"This is my promise for the people during the next few months that remain of my current leadership. I ask of God that he will help me to do my job in a way that will be satisfactory to God and to my homeland and its people. Egypt will come out of these difficult circumstances stronger than it used to be before, more confident, more united and more stable. Our people will become much more aware of its own self-interests and more careful not to sacrifice its destiny and its stability.

"Hosni Mubarak, who is speaking to you today, is proud of all the long years he's spent in the service of people of Egypt.

This dear country is my country just like it is the homeland of every Egyptian man and woman. I have lived in this country. I have fought for it. I have defended its sovereignty and interest, and I will die on its land, and history will judge me and others. The homeland will remain and people will disappear, and Egypt will always remain, and its flag will always be high. And it is our duty to achieve this with dignity and honor, generation after generation. May God protect this homeland and its people, and peace be upon you and God's mercy and blessings."

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