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« on: February 05, 2011, 04:16:18 PM »
Edit 2/24/11 -- I split this out from another thread since, initially, it was bitching about Obama... But then things started to get interesting.


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Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak "must stay in office" during a power transition, a US special envoy says.

Frank Wisner was speaking as protesters kept up their demands for Mr Mubarak to step down immediately.

Mr Mubarak has pledged to quit in September. Earlier, he replaced the entire politburo of his ruling party, including his son Gamal.

President Barack Obama has urged Mr Mubarak to "make the right decision" and to begin the transition "now".

The US state department has refused to comment on Mr Wisner's remarks, in which he also hailed the Egyptian ruling party resignations.

Hossam Badrawi, a reformer and top physician, took the post of head of the policies committee, held by Gamal, and that of secretary-general.

Protesters still occupy Cairo's Tahrir Square, but their numbers have fallen from Friday's huge rally.

But the BBC's Yolande Knell in Cairo says the city is still remarkably quiet 12 days after the protests began as people wait to see what happens next.
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2011, 04:46:12 PM »
I've only been half paying attention to this. Who's going to the new ruling party?

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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2011, 05:52:01 PM »
I've only been half paying attention to this. Who's going to the new ruling party?

El Baradei has been thrust forward by the protesters.  He's the director of the atomic energy commission and a peace prize winner. So one idea is that he oversees a transition to some sort of parliamentary government.

But it seems like the protesters don't really know what they want, except to get Mubarak out. Which is why the US and others are sort of shuffling around twitching because it looks like, if Mubarak's government falls, there'll be anarchy... Which we believe equals the rise of radicals.

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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2011, 01:26:00 PM »
Mubarak is due to step down tonight, according to the CIA and the Egyptian military.  The military has come right out and said that they're going to take over governing the nation during the "power transfer" and we're applauding them.

Um.....

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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2011, 07:05:48 PM »
The reason the US is worried is because Mubarak was their little puppet friend, part of their boy's club: the person who gets in mightn't play the ol' sycophancy game.
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2011, 07:50:25 PM »
Thank god.

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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2011, 11:44:01 PM »
And...he didn't.  Some powers delegated to the VP?

I think he will eventually, but...

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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2011, 11:48:47 PM »
Yeah, WTF is that all about.  I keep getting flashbacks to Ceausescu's last befuddled speech.  "What?  they...don't love me?"  *KA-BLAM*

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« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2011, 12:17:26 AM »
Man, they're just asking for shit to go off the chain over there.

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« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2011, 12:23:03 AM »
Man, they're just asking for shit to go off the chain over there.

It's, like, 30BC all over again!

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« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2011, 09:26:41 PM »
And he's out!

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« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2011, 11:48:55 AM »
I like the Argentine sort of exit.  The military kicks out the military man... Even money the next military man in line steps up. If we wait five years, we'll get Juan Peron!

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« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2011, 02:32:51 PM »
What I don't get is why his assets are being frozen.

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« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2011, 02:44:07 PM »
Because it's all of our tax money.

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« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2011, 10:42:51 PM »
Such is the salary of a dictator!