Arab League Chief Eyes Egypt President Office

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Bulgaria: Arab League Chief Eyes Egypt President Office The secretary-general of the Arab League Amr Mussa (C) is pictured here upon his arrival in Khartoum, Sudan, 28 December 2010. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Arab League chief Amr Mussa said he plans to run for president in his native Egypt after massive protests toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak.

"I intend to run in the next presidential election, and an (official) announcement will be made at the right time," the official MENA agency quoted him as saying.

82-year-old Hosni Mubarak resigned as President of Egypt on February 11 under popular pressure and eighteen days of massive street protests.

Hosni Mubarak was the President of Egypt for almost 30 years - from October 1981 till February 2011.

Mubarak's resignation was announced Friday night in a televised by Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman, who Mubarak appointed as his first VP in 30 years just two weeks ago as a measure designed as a concession to the protesters.

Mubarak was brought down by a "social network revolution" as the April 6th Youth Movement used Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to start protests against the regime, which grew to attract massive popular support.

Mubarak himself has been unyielding for weeks as he sought to buy some more time in power in spite of the vigorous protests that threw the largest Arab country in violence between the civil protesters and small groups of Mubarak supporters believed to be paid thugs.

At the end of January, Mubarak yielded ground by announcing that he will not seek reelection in the new presidential elections in Egypt in September. In his last televised address to the people of Egypt on February 10 he made a patronizing speech announcing a partial transfer of power to Vice President Omar Suleiman while he stepped aside.

Egypt's armed forces will be in control of the country presiding over an expected transition to democratic government with free elections.

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