EGYPT: President Mubarak must stay for now, U.S. envoy says


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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak must stay in power for now to steer the political transition, President Obama’s special envoy for Egypt told reporters Saturday.

‘We need to get a national consensus around the preconditions for the next step forward. The president must stay in office to steer those changes,’ Frank Wisner told a security conference in Munich, Germany, during a video conference from Washington, Reuters reported.


Wisner, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt and India who is seen as having a good relationship with the Mubarak regime, was dispatched to Cairo earlier this week by Obama to meet with Egyptian leaders.

‘There is a chance to move forward,’ Wisner told the security conference Saturday. ‘It’s fragile, it’s the first stage, things could go wrong. But the direction is promising,’

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske