In this image from Egyptian state television aired Tuesday evening Feb 1 2011, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak makes what has been billed as an important speech. Mubarak has faced a week of public and international pressure to step down from the role he has held for 30 years, culminating in a day when a quarter-million people turned in the largest protest yet to demand his ouster. (AP Photo/Egyptian state television via APTN)
ABC News’s Christiane Amanpour, in an interview with Hosni Mubarak on Thursday, reported that the Egyptian president said he would like to leave office now, but can’t, for fear that the country would dissolve into chaos.
“I care about my country, I care about Egypt,” he said in the interview, according to the report. He added that he is troubled by the violence in Cairo of the past few days but that his government isn’t responsible for it.