Monday, July 25, 2011

Gathafi praises ‘poor and modest’ Mubarak

Embattled Libyan leader says ousted Egyptian President should be honoured instead of being humiliated.

Middle East Online, July 25, 2011

Clinging to power
TRIPOLI – Libyan leader Moamer Gathafi heaped praise on toppled Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, describing him as “poor and modest” and saying he deserved honour rather than humiliation.

“I know Hosni Mubarak, a poor and modest man” who loves his people, Gathafi said in an audio message broadcast on state television late Saturday to mark the anniversary of the 1952 coup in Egypt led by Gamal Abdel Nasser against the monarchy.

This “revolution,” Gathafi said, had inspired him to lead a coup in Libya that toppled Western-backed King Idriss on September 1, 1969.

“Instead of being humiliated, Hosni Mubarak should be honoured,” Gathafi said.
Mubarak, 83, whose three-decade rule ended with a popular revolt in February, is expected to go on trial on August 3 with his two sons on murder and corruption charges.

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