Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Gamal Mubarak: No Interest In Presidency

UPDATE: Check out the new blog covering the Mid East: Outsider On The Inside

In a rare interview on satellite TV, the son of the current President of Egypt, Gamal Mubarak said today that he had no intention of succeeding his father:
The youngest son of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has given a rare interview and insisted he had no plans to become the country's next president.

Speaking to Arabic satellite television channel, Orbit, Gamal Mubarak said "the intention and ambition to run for president did not exist".

The interview came three days after Gamal married Khadiga al-Gamal, the daughter of a wealthy businessman.

This was widely interpreted as part of a plan to succeed his father.


When asked in the interview if he would accept the nomination for presidency if it was offered by the ruling National Democratic Party, Gamal said: "As long as you don't have the desire, whatever the party says doesn't matter. I'm not looking for any executive post."

Update: The regional security conference on Iraq starts today.

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