Jimmy Carter speaks on “earth-shaking” Egypt

The former president thinks Mubarak has to go

Topics: Egyptian Protests, Iran, Jimmy Carter, Tunisia,

Jimmy Carter speaks on "earth-shaking" EgyptFILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010 picture, former President Jimmy Carter, left, and OPEC Fund for International Development Director General Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish, speak in Atlanta, Ga. before signing an agreement worth $1 million to fund the Carter Center's programs to eliminate Guinea worm and river blindness diseases. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)(Credit: AP)

Former President Jimmy Carter says the political unrest and rioting in Egypt is an earth-shaking event and that President Hosni Mubarak probably will have to leave office.

The former president brokered a peace agreement between Israel and Egypt in 1978. He calls the unrest the most profound situation in the Middle East since he left office in 1981.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported Carter’s remarks to the Sunday school class he teaches at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains.

Mubarak was vice president when the peace accord was signed and became president in 1981 when Anwar al-Sadat was assassinated by opponents of the agreement with Israel.

Carter said that as Mubarak’s 30-year rule has continued, the Egyptian leader has become more politically corrupt.

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