Mubarak Tells Reporter There Will Be Chaos If He Quits Now

February 3, 2011 - 4:38 PM

Cairo (AP) - President Hosni Mubarak has said in an interview with ABC News that he wants to leave office now, but cannot for fear the country will sink deeper into chaos.

ABC's Christiane Amanpour says Mubarak told her Thursday that he is troubled by deadly violence between anti- and pro-government groups in Cairo's Tahrir Square and that the government is not responsible for it.

In the interview at the presidential palace, Mubarak blamed the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood for the violence.

Mubarak has said he will not run for office again after his term ends this year, but protesters want him to leave now. According to the ABC website, the president also said he did not intend for his son, Gamal, to assume the presidency after him.