Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq says President Hosni Mubarak won't step down before September, according to MSNBC TV's translation of his interview today on Egyptian state TV.
"We as civilized people must honor the president, who did a good job regardless of mistakes here and there," Shafiq said. "Today the Egyptian people see that the president will not step down."
Shafiq also said it's unlikely that Mubarak would turn power over to Vice President Omar Suleiman, saying, "I doubt that this is acceptable."
But a resolution of some sort, which he did not outline, is in the works soon, he said.
"We are approaching the agreements points. There are more points that need to be discussed," he said, according to MSNBC. "Both sides must give concessions so we can meet halfway."
More from the interview:
• "This movement achieved lot of their demands. ... I think this movement is a positive movement."
• "The president said he will leave power next September, and if you look at it, it's only five months. ... We as civilized people must honor the president, who did a good job regardless of mistakes here and there." • "President Mubarak ... did not make the mistakes. There were wrongdoings by the Cabinet — that's why you see changes."
• "Let us be comfortable that he decided to give up power in September. We see his place in power as a safety valve."