Obama seeks meaningful transition in Egypt
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he's spoken with
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (HAHS'-nee moo-BAH'-rahk), and
"he recognizes that the status quo is not sustainable and a change
must take place."
Obama said he told Mubarak that an orderly transition must be
meaningful and peaceful, must begin now and must include opposition
Obama spoke at the White House on Tuesday evening not long after
Mubarak announced he would not seek re-election in September,
ending his 30-year reign.
American officials say an envoy Obama dispatched to Egypt had urged Mubarak not to seek another term.
But Mubarak's announcement wasn't enough to satisfy Egyptian protesters, who want him out immediately.