Egyptian Minister Denies Mubarak Stepping Down

'Everything you hear in the media is a rumor'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2011 12:39 PM CST
Egyptian Minister Denies Mubarak Stepping Down
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak listens during a meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Saltanov, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011.   (Amr Nabil)

Egypt's information minister has denied reports that Hosni Mubarak will step down today, issuing a statement on the country's state-run TV, the AP reports. He repeated the same thing to foreign journalists. "The president is still in power and he is not stepping down," Anas el-Fiqqi told Reuters. "The president is not stepping down. Everything you heard in the media is a rumor." The minister's comment raises the possibility that Mubarak could announce a half-measure, such as keeping his title while relinquishing his executive powers, notes the AP.
(More Anas el-Fiqqi stories.)

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