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Mubarak: "I will die on the soil of Egypt"

Mubarak has addressed the Egyptian nation to say that he will continue his term in office but will not seek reelection – however the announcement has further enraged protesters on the streets.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
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CROWDS IN CENTRAL Cairo and across Egypt are furiously rejecting the announcement of President Hosni Mubarak that he will see out his current term in office.

Mubarak addressed the Egyptian nation this evening, saying that he will not run for office again and would ensure the peaceful transfer of power when the general election take place – nine months from now. He also said that he would oversee the changing of the constitution and review the recent parliamentary elections.

However, the announcement served only to further enrage crowds across the Egypt - with thousands of people in Tahrir Square in Cairo responding by screaming: “Leave! Leave! Get out!” and “Revolution until death!”

In a seeming attempt to preserve his legacy, Mubarak warned the country’s citizens about the possibly of chaos without him as president – speaking about the ever-present spectre of anarchy that threatened to flood the streets now that the police force had retreated. He presented the Egyptian people with a choice between stability, with him in power, and chaos without him.

A defiant Mubarak declared: “I will die on the soil of Egypt  - that I fought to defend. I will be judged by history.”

A protester told Al Jazeera that some people were considering travelling to outside the president’s residence to continue the demonstrations.

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