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Egypt's Mubarak says won't run for new term


CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says he will not run for a new term in office in September elections and will work during the rest of his term for a "peaceful transfer of power" in a new attempt to defuse massive protests demanding his immediate ouster.

In a speech aired on state TV Tuesday night, Mubarak said, "In all sincerity, regardless of the current circumstances, I never intended to be a candidate for another term."

He says he will work during "the final months of my current term" to carry out the "necessary steps for the peaceful transfer of power."

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