Promises Made to Egyptian People
Omar Suleiman, Vice President of Egypt, met with representation of anti-government groups and is now allowing freedom of speech/press and is releasing all detained protesters.
He also established a committee filled with opposition group representatives to come up with constitutional amendments to limit presidential terms and give more freedoms to run for public office. Protests and rallies are being uninterrupted and promises are being made to lift all texting and internet barriers and restrictions.
However, despite all these promises, protesters are still angry. Hosni Mubarak may have dissolved the ruling party and much of his position but he is still President and is not departing from Office. It’s a lot of progress, but more must be done, according to the Egyptian opposition groups.
The government continues to make promises, though, such as prosecuting all those that extend government corruption and to figure out why the police abandoned the streets about a week ago and never came back. Many suggest the reasoning is government corruption (pointing to the rumor of paid thugs under Hosni Mubarak).
The Islamic Brotherhood is becoming a leader in opposition to Hosni Mubarak, aiming for an Islamic state, but not fundamentalist to the point of making women cover up or ending peace treaties with Israel. Over the past decade, Islamic Brotherhood independents have won positions in parliament, but they’re aiming for more in these reforms.
Hossam Badrawi is new Egyptian Secretary General
Hossam Badrawi is viewed as a main part of the liberal party in Egypt. He has been appointed as head of the Steering Committee of the General Secretariat because of his democratic views. This committee makes the most important policies for the country. There are talks of, in reconstruction, Badrawi dissolving the committee and creating a whole new government structure rather than add new systems. The protesters are becoming increasingly happier with the reform happening now.
Now this is the question: will the transitional power lay with the military as Obama’s plan suggested? Or will the reform strictly be up to the replacements of the ruling party while they themselves have all the power?
Today, recently, Hosni Mubarak, as well as his ruling party, stepped down and were replaced. The Steering Committee of the General Secretariat’s members also stepped down; this committee was in charge of many of the policies and economic decisions of Egypt. The protesters continue to demonstrate their frustration, however. They have not won yet in their eyes, and according to a protester interviewed by Yahoo! News, they are simply winning “inch by inch.”
Those who replaced the ruling party were mostly object to the policies under Hosni’s 30-year regime, but if actions are carried out wrong then an implosion on Egypt’s structure is very possible. Vice President Omar Suleiman also promises Gamal Mubarak, Hosni’s son, will not run for election in September either.
More updates on the way regarding how this all could affect the U.S. and what’s going on in Egypt.
Mohamed ElBaradei syas U.S. Proposed Plan is Too Rushed
The U.S. proposed plan is very well-standing with Mohamed ElBaradei, but he also suggests the details move too swiftly. The details provide the transitional government 5 months to amend the constitution of Egypt. ElBaradei suggests at least a year is needed to show that the regime is serious about democratic reform. He also justifies the time limit by saying that a longer time is needed so that the ruling party (Mubarak’s party) can loosen up and fade out of Egyptian politics. Revolutions take time, even in reconstruction, to be successful on behalf of the people. Otherwise the same problems recur or, as a worry from before, a radical person or a radical group could come out of the grassroots and become just as autocratic to the people or hurtful to the U.S. and Israel.
Anti-government protesters vowed to peaceful protests. After Mubarak’s speech last night, that ended momentarily. The Military was able to control it rather quickly. I predicted a possible temporary breech of the peace. It may be permanent.
Today, pro-government protesters rode in on horses and camels, whipping and beating anti-government protesters. Each side was picking up projectiles and launching them at each other.
The military tried to fire in the air over and over to control them but the fighting continued. Protests have escalated into street battles. Both sides are angry and violent and are still fighting.
Mubarak, hoping to show that the crisis was over, reinstated all internet service. This, however, had no effect. The people want change now and the Obama Administration agrees.
Supporters of Mubarak say that he is resigning and has given into the protests. He promises peace and reform and there is no need for the demonstrations at this point. Especially with the internet back up and running.
Anti-government protesters, however, say it was not enough and that the demonstrations will continue. They also feel the military are “paid thugs” and let the violent supporters of Mubarak in. But the military was allowing peaceful protest and agreeing with the people before. Why would they let those with whips on horse-back and camel-back in to beat protesters with it? I think it just deals with each soldier’s personal views.
Violence ensues in Cairo and all around Egypt. This is the exact path it takes to lead to an Iranian outcome, or a Russian outcome, etc. It’s heading down a bad road.