U.S. Envoy Says Mubarak has to Lead Egypt to Transition

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A U.S. envoy who met President Hosni Mubarak earlier this week says his continued leadership is "crucial" for now as Egypt heads into a transition to democracy.

Frank Wisner was dispatched to Cairo on Monday. He said Saturday
that "we're by no means out of the woods but at least a path is opening" toward a peaceful transition.

He said by video link from New York to a security conference in
Munich: "I believe that President Mubarak's continued leadership
is crucial -- it's his chance to write his own legacy."

Wisner, a former ambassador to Egypt, says Mubarak now faces the
"huge responsibility" of leading the country into a transition without resorting to force.

Meanwhile, the White House is welcoming news that President
Hosni Mubarak's son has quit his role in Egypt's ruling party.

State TV announced today that the ruling party's top leaders had resigned, including Gamal Mubarak who had been seen as his father's heir as president.

The White House says it's pleased with "any step that provides credibility" to the process of political change in Egypt.

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