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Former President Jimmy Carter weighs in on Egypt

By Roslyn Giles -  bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Monday marks the 7th day of rioting in Egypt.  Former President Jimmy Carter spoke to a Sunday school class at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia yesterday and called the rioting in Egypt an ‘earth-shaking' event.

  Carter added Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak will probably have to leave office.

In 1978, Carter brokered a peace agreement between Israel and Egypt. Mubarak was vice president; He rose to power in 1981 following Anwar Al Sadat's assassination. 

Carter left the White House that same year.  He said Mubarak's 30-year rule has progressed into political corruption over the years and this uprising is the most profound situation in the middle east since he left office.

Carter's spokeswoman, Deanna Congileo confirmed his comments.

Meanwhile, thousands of Americans are trapped in Egypt. The U.S. State Department is trying to get them out. 

For families concerned that a U.S. Citizen in Egypt might require assistance, they should send an e-mail to EgyptEmergencyUSC@state.gov  or call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

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