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Mubarak not to run for next presidential race

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Feb 2, IRNA -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said on Tuesday he would quit power in September, angering protesters who want an immediate end to his 30-year rule.

The United States called for the transition of power to begin straight away, stopping short of endorsing Mubarak's plan to stay in office for another six months.

In the streets of Cairo, protesters whose numbers swelled above 1 million across Egypt on Tuesday, many renewed their calls for the 82-year-old leader to quit.

To those demanding he flee the country in the manner of his ousted Tunisian counterpart last month, Mubarak said: 'This is my country ... and I will die on its soil.'

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