Should Hosni Mubarak be allowed to rule until September 2011?

Zambia
February 5, 2011 6:17am CST
Should the Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak be left alone and allowed to remain in authority until, as he suggests, his term ends in September 2011? Should the excuse of the Muslim Brotherhood coming into power if stepped down now be allowed as the scapegoat for his prolonged stay in power?
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@laglen (19772)
• United States
5 Feb 11
I think he should leave now. If the people want him gone, he should go. regarding the brotherhood, if they were to take power, whats to say they wouldnt in september as well.
• Zambia
5 Feb 11
Well, maybe by September there would have been systems put in place for a more civilised shift of power, like having some othery opposition party take over.
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@laglen (19772)
• United States
5 Feb 11
It is hard to say, that very well could be. But I dont think the people are willing to wait.
@xfahctor (14124)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
5 Feb 11
I think that is entirely up to the people of Egypt. I have some personal thoughts on the matter but in the end, I can't decide for Egypt, nor can anyone else. My personal thoughts are that he should slowly start relinquishing power. He is in a tricky position. If he leaves now, he leaves a dangerous vacuum with no real political alternative to fill it other than some very well organized and powerful radical elements. But on the other hand, if he takes too long in leaving he risks the people losing patience and he ends up with an even more violent uprising or an outright armed civil war.
@gladys46 (1205)
• United States
5 Feb 11
We've heard many differing reads coming from punditry ... I've listened with interest to a Chief Foreign Correspondent at NBC, Richard Engel ... who has lived for noted years among the people of Egypt, which included members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Mr. Engel is now reporting live from Tahrir Square. Yesterday, I heard him say (in a live interview aired on MSNBC) that for the most part, the Egyptian people DO NOT want America or any other outside influence to oust Mubarak ... they THEY want to do this themselves ... that they want to have the full credit for ousting the "dictator". My own thoughts are YES indeed it is ALL up to them, the people of Egypt! President Obama along with the leader of Canada (in a press conference yesterday aired on C-Span) both gave their clear statements ... both agreeing publicly that Mubarak must listen to the will of the people and that the obvious will of the people is to be free of Mubarak's leadership.
@Rollo1 (16692)
• Boston, Massachusetts
5 Feb 11
This is where the US president's inability to effectively deal with crisis situations really shows. From the beginning, when it was clear that Mubarek's departure was going to be a necessary part of resolving the conflict, we should have been encouraging him to make concessions, help his VP to form a new government and announced he would step down for the good of the country. Had all of this occurred early enough, the Muslim Brotherhood wouldn't have come to the fore and there would be less danger of Egypt becoming a nation ruled by theocracy.