Administration officials confirmed Tuesday that President Barack Obama has sent a message to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak - delivered by former ambassador Frank Wisner - telling him not to run for another term. The answer from Mubarak was unclear, an administration official said, but Al Arabiya television, citing unnamed sources, reported that Mubarak would announce in a nationwide address Tuesday evening that he would not run for another term.
“The protests (in Egypt) came after weeks of turmoil across the Arab world that toppled one leader in Tunisia and encouraged protesters to overcome deep-rooted fears of their autocratic leaders and take to the streets. But Egypt is a special case — a heavyweight in Middle East diplomacy, in part because of its peace treaty with Israel, and a key ally of the United States. The country, often the fulcrum on which currents in the region turn, also has one of the most largest and most sophisticated security forces in the Middle East.”—From the New York Times article, “Police Battle Huge Protests Across Egypt,” on what makes Egypt a different situation than the democratic revolutions underway in Tunisia, Yemen and elsewhere in the Middle East. (via inothernews)