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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mubarak: "Only God Knows" His Successor

Husni Mubarak has been on a whirlwind European tour this week and was in Italy today, and during a press conference he was asked about the succession:

"Who knows? Who knows? Only God knows who will be my successor," Mubarak said in English when he was asked who would prefer as a successor.

When the reporter repeated his question, Mubarak pointed to the sky and replied: "Whoever God prefers, I prefer."

It doesn't add much to our understanding of his intentions, but it does remind him that this question will not be going away soon.

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