After an exclusive sit-down with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, ABC News' Christiane Amanpour reported Thursday that the tarnished leader is troubled by the violent turmoil spreading through his country's capital city, but believes his government bears no responsibility for it. Instead, Mubarak blames the Muslim Brotherhood, a banned political party, for instigating the violence.
Mubarak announced this week that he would not seek reelection in the fall, hoping his decision would help to quell the protests. But many protesters are demanding he step down from the country's highest position effective immediately and have vowed to continue their protest campaign until he does. According to Amanpour, Mubarak would happily step down, but fears his resignation would only spur further chaos.
"I don't care what people say about me. Right now I care about my country, I care about Egypt," Mubarak said.
In addition, the Egyptian president said he was "very unhappy" to see his supporters clashing with anti-government protesters in Cairo's liberation square, adding that he didn't want to see "Egyptians fighting each other."
Mubarak and his family remain barricaded inside the presidential palace, heavily guarded by armed troops, tanks and barbed wire. Despite the contentious unrest beyond the palace walls, Mubarak said he would never run away, insisting that he will die on Egyptian soil.
Mubarak was also asked to respond to President Barack Obama's calls for him to step down immediately. "You don't understand the Egyptian culture," he said, "and what would happen if I step down now."