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    Mubarak to Speak; Army Takes New Role

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/11/wo...gypt.html?_r=2

    The military declared on state television that it would take measures “to maintain the homeland and the achievements and the aspirations of the great people of Egypt” and meet the demands of the protesters who have insisted on ending Mr. Mubarak’s 30-year rule.

    Several government officials said Mr. Mubarak is expected to announce his own resignation and pass authority to his hand-picked vice president, Omar Suleiman. But if the military does assume formal control of the government, it remains uncertain if it would give Mr. Suleiman, a former military officer, a leading role.
    New potential scenario on the ground in Egypt.

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    Re: Mubarak to Speak; Army Takes New Role

    Since 1952 the political history of Egypt has been one military strong man after another. King Farouk was deposed by Gamal Abdul Nasser. Then Anwar Sadat. Then Hosni Mubarak. Now the military steps in again. More of the same is very possible.

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    Re: Mubarak to Speak; Army Takes New Role

    Things can get ugly there at the drop of a hat. They can also gradually slide into ugliness, as happened in Iran.

    This is not good no matter how you slice it.

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    Re: Mubarak to Speak; Army Takes New Role

    Mubarak is about to address the nation. There are contradictory reports on what he's about to say. Is he stepping down? Is he going to tough it out? Is he going to hand over power to thr army until new elections take place in the autumn?

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    Re: Mubarak to Speak; Army Takes New Role

    I'm personally sick of not being able to dunk a basketball because of racism.
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    Re: Mubarak to Speak; Army Takes New Role

    also unconfirmed reports that the saudi king is dead
    supposedly had a heart attack after a heated telephone discussion with Obama
    the king did not want mubarak to be embarrassed

    meanwhile the iranian opposition leader is under house arrest as those who oppose the "revolutionary" government are coordinating a mass parade on monday

    looks like the middle east is a bit more shaken than usual
    we are negotiating about dividing a pizza and in the meantime israel is eating it
    once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed

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    Re: Mubarak to Speak; Army Takes New Role

    He's not stepping down until September but pledges free and transparent elections then. He's talking about a phased handover of power and the setting up of a number of commissions to manage that handover, composed of judges and legal experts. He promises immediate justice for the 'martyrs' lost during the unrest and promises legal action against those who have committed violence against the protesters. He's also promising amendments to the constitution in order to facilitate a more accountable, free and transparent electoral process.

    Will this be enough? Do the Egyptians believe him? Trust him? It seems like a speech a little short on concrete and immediate action. Lots of waffle aimed at looking like statesmanship. I really don't think this will be sufficient to silence Tahrir Square.
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    Re: Mubarak to Speak; Army Takes New Role

    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Di Salvo View Post
    Since 1952 the political history of Egypt has been one military strong man after another. King Farouk was deposed by Gamal Abdul Nasser. Then Anwar Sadat. Then Hosni Mubarak. Now the military steps in again. More of the same is very possible.
    Sadat was assissinated by the MB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Sadat was assissinated by the MB.
    Whatever happens in Egypt it is unlikely to be in the interests in the American people except in some hard to imagine distant future.

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    Re: Mubarak to Speak; Army Takes New Role

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