Military officials urge Egypt’s president to step down

Sunday, January 30, 2011
By Paul Martin

January 30, 2011

His generals are turning on him.

President Hosni Mubarak’s two most senior military officials — Omar Suleiman, the newly named vice president, and Field Marshall Mohamed Tantawi, the defense minister — “raised with him the idea that he should leave,” the Sunday Times of London reported last night, citing a source close to the leadership.

Suleiman, 75, was expecting a telephone call of support from Washington, which considers the lieutenant general an “island of stability,” the source said.

A diplomatic cable recently released by Wikileaks described the general as avidly opposed to radicalism — especially in Gaza, Iran and Sudan — and in favor of close relations with Washington.

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