Mubarak leaves Cairo: Report (Lead)

February 11th, 2011 - 8:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Cairo, Feb 11 (IANS) The embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak left Cairo for an “unknown” destination, a media report said, as anti-government protesters intensified their demand Friday for immediate power transition.While Egypt’s state TV reported that Mubarak will deliver a statement live from his palace, earlier Egyptian media reports suggested that Mubarak had already departed to the Sinai resort of Sharm El Sheikh onboard a military airplane and was accompanied by chief of staff of the armed forces, Lt. Gen. Sami Annan, Al Arabiya TV said.

Other local reports indicated that Mubarak has flown to an “unknown” destination.

US-based Al-Hurra TV reported that Mubarak was flying toward the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and was expected in Dubai in an hour.

Reports about the whereabouts of the 82-year old leader came amid growing speculation about the nature of power transition in the country.

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