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Monday, October 30, 2006


Cairo, 30 Oct. (AKI) - Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's president for 26 years, has urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to run for a third term despite a two term-limit imposed by Russia's constitution on the presidential post. Russian presidential elections are scheduled for 2008 and Mubarak in an interview with Russian daily ahead of a visit to Moscow described Putin as a "good and intelligent leader".

"Russia needs Putin," Mubarak told Vremya Novostei, adding that he would tell the Russian president to "stay [on as president] and don't listen to what anyone says."

"He [Putin] knows the situation in Russian and the rest of the worl well. Why not let him stay on?" the Egyptian president describing the Russian constitution's two-term limit on the presidential post as an attempt to ape the American system.

"You criticise the Americians, and then you imitate them," he said.

Besides Russia, Mubarak is also scheduled to vist China and Kazakstan.

According to Egyptian media reports, in Moscow and Beijing Mubarak will seek assistance for Egypt's nuclear programme, frozen for some 20 years, but relaunched by the president in statement last month.
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