Mubarak must stay during transition: US envoy

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Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, an "old friend" of the United States, should stay in office during a democratic transition, President Barack Obama's special envoy Frank Wiser said Saturday.

"The president must stay in office in order to steer those changes through," Wisner, who met Mubarak this week, told the Munich Security Conference via video link. "President Mubarak's continued leadership is critical.

"It's his opportunity to write his own legacy. He has given 60 years of his life to the service of his country, this is an ideal moment for him to show the way forward."

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