Egyptian Minister Denies Mubarak Stepping Down

'Everything you hear in the media is a rumor'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2011 12:39 PM CST
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak listens during a meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Saltanov, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011.   (Amr Nabil)
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(Newser) – Egypt's information minister has denied reports that Hosni Mubarak will step down today, issuing a statement on the country's state-run TV, the AP reports. He repeated the same thing to foreign journalists. "The president is still in power and he is not stepping down," Anas el-Fiqqi told Reuters. "The president is not stepping down. Everything you heard in the media is a rumor." The minister's comment raises the possibility that Mubarak could announce a half-measure, such as keeping his title while relinquishing his executive powers, notes the AP.

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