Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday to start a transition of power sooner rather than later, a day after Mubarak announced he would surrender power in September.
"It is very important to get over this period with a temporary administration," state-run Anatolian news agency quoted Erdogan as saying during a visit to Kyrgyzstan.
"People expect Mubarak to take a much different step," said Erdogan, whose country has seen its influence in the Middle East rise in recent years.
"The current administration fails to give confidence for beginning an atmosphere of democracy within a short period of time," said Erdogan.
In a televised address to his nation, the 82-year-old Mubarak said on Tuesday he would not seek re-election when his presidential term ends in September.
Mubarak's speech angered protesters who want an immediate end to his 30-year-rule, and prompted the United States to say change "must begin now".
On Tuesday, Erdogan told Mubarak he should heed his people's desire for change in the face of massive protests against his 30-year rule.
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