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Neil MacFarquhar: Mubarak overstayed his welcome

How much longer will Hosni Mubarak rule Egypt? And what will happen in his wake?

Those are questions on the lips of virtually every Egyptian citizen and observer of the unrest in the Middle East these days. The 82-year-old Egyptian president, who has been in power for more than 29 years, has been known to confidants and U.S. officials as a “survivor.” But now he faces the greatest challenge of his long rule, and already, he has promised not to seek re-election later this year.

Whether that promise will quell the uprising, however, remains unclear. To understand the roots of the protests in Egypt — and what might happen next — Need to Know’s Alison Stewart sat down with Neil MacFarquhar, the United Nations bureau chief for The New York Times.

MacFarquhar is also the author of “The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday,” a memoir of his experiences in the Middle East.