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UK waits reaction to Mubarak's offer to step down at election

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, Feb 2, IRNA -- The British government is waiting for the reaction of the Egyptian people before deciding whether to back President Hosni Mubarak’s offer to step down at the next elections but the initial response appears negative.

'We have been clear in public, and with President Mubarak and his government in private, about the need for a transition to a broader-based Government that will produce real, visible and comprehensive change,” a Foreign Office spokesman said.

“President Mubarak has made some proposals to the Egyptian people. We will study the detail of these. Ultimately the real test will be whether the aspirations of the Egyptian people are met,' the spokesman said.

Mubarak on Tuesday night bowed to the pressure of huge demonstrations on the streets, pledging to step down at the election due in September and to carry out constitutional reform.

But protesters vowed to continue their campaign that the Egyptian president, who has ruled the country for the past 30 years, leaves office immediately.

His offer was seen as part of a US plan coming after he held a meeting with former American ambassador to Cairo Frank Wisner, who convey a message from President Barak Obama.

Earlier Tuesday, British Prime Minister David Cameron suggested that Mubarak’s cabinet changes did not go far enough, with a spokesman saying he was disappointed that “many of the appointees served in previous governments or have ties to the current regime.”

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