Mubarak should act fast, world says

2nd February 2011, Comments 0 comments

European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton on Wednesday urged Egypt's embattled President Hosni Mubarak to do things as quickly as possible" on the transition to elections.

Europe wants Mubarak to move forward Muslim Brotherhood see no alternative to Mubarak departure World leaders say Mubarak transition must start now

Ms Ashton told journalists, "We need to see movement. We call for him to do things as quickly as possible" she added,  after being asked whether the EU believed his offer to step down in September  was too late.

She spoke flanked by Tunisia's new Foreign Minister Ahmed  Abderraouf Ounais, making his maiden visit overseas after the popular uprising  that toppled long-time dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's regime. "Mr Mubarak has to respond to the will of the people and the  demonstrations are a manifestation of that will and he needs to consider  extremely carefully how to show that he really is moving forward," Ashton  added. 

The 82-year-old, president of Egypt for the last 29 years, had  hoped that his promise in a televised address on Tuesday night would buy  breathing space from demonstrators and the international community.

Muslim Brothers reject Mubarak finishing mandate Egypt's opposition Muslim Brotherhood said in a statement Wednesday there was "no alternative" but ending embattled President Hosni Mubarak's regime, rejecting his offer to leave after his mandate.

World leaders say 'go now' World leaders gave a cool response  Wednesday to Hosni Mubarak's vow to quit in September, with Barack Obama  saying change must start now and other leaders demanding he stand down  immediately. Soon after Mr Mubarak's television speech it became clear that his attempt to shut down the argument  had failed, with Obama among those indicating that his pledge to leave power  after September elections did not go far enough. "What is clear, and what I indicated tonight to President Mubarak  is my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be  peaceful and it must begin now," Obama said after a phone call with the  long-time US ally. "He recognises that the status quo is not sustainable and that a  change must take place," Obama continued in remarks directed at Mubarak,  protesters, the Egyptian army and the American public.

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