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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  An Albany man who's from Egypt told us Thursday night he's not surprised that President Mubarak didn't step down.

But he hopes for major changes in the government soon.

Waleed Sharaf-Eldin has spent a lot of time on his computer lately looking for the latest developments in his home country.

"He's talking about how he will try to keep Egypt safe, peaceful and going," said Waleed Saharaf-Eldin, Egyptian native.

Thursday, the owner of Valentino's Fashion House watched Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's speech. As he watches the unrest, his feelings are mixed.

"I want to be with them, I'm thanking God I'm here, and I'm worried about family," said Sharaf-Eldin.

Even though Mubarak didn't step down, he trusts that will happen.

"He's changing, and he will not stay after September I'm 100 percent sure," said Sharaf-Eldin.

Sharaf-Eldin was unable to get in touch with his family during the first few days of large protests in Egypt, but he has had regular contact with them recently.

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