Mubarak. Rejected call
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Report: Mubarak refused to talk to Obama

Al-Quds al-Arabi says former Egyptian leader felt 'humiliated' by US president's call to resign

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak refused to accept a phone call from US President Barack Obama, the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi reported Thursday.


The report says Mubarak feels "humiliated and embittered at Obama's most recent statement about the need for him to resign immediately", so he rejected the call.


The report adds that the former president is residing at his palace in Sharm el-Sheikh and maintaining a similar lifestyle, though he has hired additional guards.


Israel has also approved the entry of two Egyptian army battalions into the southernmost Sinai city in order to help guard the palace.


Mubarak's health is deteriorating rapidly, the report says, and has been since he was forced to leave his Cairo residence. Saudi King Abdullah has offered him asylum in his country, but the former leader refused, saying he would like to die on Egyptian land.


In addition, Mubarak continues to employ the aides who worked under him during his term as president, the report says, adding that the military has apparently "decided to grant Mubarak an honorable
resignation" as no one has threatened him with charges of unlawful activity, though other officials have been accused of corruption.


Meanwhile, CBS has broadcast footage of Mubarak leaving Cairo by chopper, apparently on his way to Sharm el-Sheikh. The footage was apparently filmed last week, immediately after Mubarak relayed power to his deputy, Omar Suleiman.



פרסום ראשון: 02.17.11, 17:00
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