Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you are aware that Egypt has erupted into political turmoil, civil unrest and an overall fight for a true Democracy.
It stems from Egypt’s current president, 82-year old President Hosni Mubarak, refusing to step down after spending 30 years in office. While Mubarak represents the National Democratic Party, it is in fact democratic in name only. The reality is that Mubarak has been leading autocratically (cue Kanye, “No one man should have all that power!”).
“Protesters want President Hosni Mubarak, 82, to step down after 30 years in power. They say they are fed up after decades of poverty, repression, rigged elections, corruption, high unemployment and rampant abuse by police. They also want guarantees that – contrary to widespread speculation – President Mubarak’s son, Gamal, will not succeed him.”
In an attempt at compromise, Mubarak has fired his old cabinet and hired a new one, although he has not published the names of the new members. He also named a new Vice President. This all comes a little too late however. He chose to make those progressive moves AFTER shutting down the Internet and cellular communication nationally in Egypt (they’ve since been restored), instituting curfews (that the protestors have not been honoring) and having Egyptian warplanes circling the protestors (think FBI’s helicoptors circling Compton…a shame)
At this point, many believe Mubarak needs to go ahead and step down fully and allow the country to run a TRUE Democratic government. The USA has been allies with Egypt so this puts our Nation in a compromising position. President Obama has all but said, “Step down please, you’re doin too much Mubarak.” 100+ people have been killed as a result of the protests and fighting and nothing is being accomplished. Furthermore, with Egypt being such a major player within the Arab nations, there are obviously people in surrounding countries who are disatisfied with their own governments who may be planning protests and an overhaul of their own national governments as well.
For more information, visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12324664 . It offers an excellent overview of the current situation and what the possible next moves and outcomes are for Egypt in the next few days and weeks. In the meantime, keep this country in your prayers.