Mubarak May Join Ex Thailand PM Shinawatra in Montenegro

World | February 4, 2011, Friday // 13:35
Bulgaria: Mubarak May Join Ex Thailand PM Shinawatra in Montenegro President Hosni Mubarak, himself a former military man who rose to the top, visited a military operations installation on Saturday to monitor the "re-establishment of control," according to state-run television. EPA/BGNES

Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak can be granted asylum in Montenegro if he steps down prematurely, according to media reports in the Balkan country.

Mubarak, who has been challenged by massive civil protests against his rule for more than 10 days now, has declared he wants to live in his fatherland until his death. He has not bowed to the pressure yet to resign before the expiration of his term in September 2010.

According to the press in Montenegro, however, it is very likely that Hosni Mubarak can be granted asylum there because one of the sons of the embattled Egyptian President Gamal is among the owners of Orascom Holding, a multinational Egyptian corporation which singed a contract last year for the construction of tourist complexes with the Montenegrin government

What is more, Montenegro already has a precedent in providing refuge to exiled foreign leaders as in 2010 the former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra, a Thai millionaire who was brought down from power in 2006 by a military coup, received Montenegrin citizenship and is currently constructing a hotel complex on the St. Stefan island.

Egyptian business tycoon, the majority owner of the Orascom Group, Naguib Sawiris amidst 19 powerful and influential Egyptian businessmen are reported to have left the country as the civil unrest intensified.

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Tags: Hosni Mubarak, Egypt, Thaksin Shinawatra, Thailand, Montenegro, Gamal Mubarak, Orascom

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