Egypt's most famous actor, Omar Sharif, told a French radio station today that President Hosni Mubarak "should have resigned." His comments come amid weeklong protests against Mubarak's generation-long autocratic rule.
"Given that the entire Egyptian people don't want him and he's been in power for 30 years, that's enough," Sharif, 78, said by telephone from his home in Cairo. He was speaking to France Inter radio, and the report was picked up by Reuters.
"The president hasn't improved the standard of living of Egyptians. There are some people that are very rich -- maybe 1 percent -- and the rest are all poor trying to find food," Sharif said.
But the actor said he was also worried that Egypt's largest opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, could take over if Mubarak leaves.
"I don't want the Muslim Brotherhood," said Sharif, who was born a member of Egypt's Christian minority but later converted to Islam. "They were trapped and now are starting to come out. They have 20 percent of the population, and it's frightening for me."