Military officials urge Egypt’s president to step down
By GINGER ADAMS OTIS
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.