Obama Administration Urges Mubarak to Step Down

The Obama administration has shifted from embracing the leader to telling him to go.

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The White House is working with the Egyptian government on several options to address the uprising that started in Cairo over a week ago. One of the options involves Mubarak stepping down immediately and relinquishing power to a transitional government. U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged the Egyptian government and "a broad and credible representation of Egypt's opposition, civil society and political factions to begin immediately serious negotiations on a peaceful and orderly transition." Since the protests broke out in Cairo 10 day ago, the Obama administration has moved from embracing Mubarak to urging him to go. [See a slide show of 15 post-Cold War uprisings.]