Mubarak Surrenders on the Anniversary of the Iran Revolution and Release of Nelson Mandela
“Something truly wonderful has happened in Egypt for the Egyptian people.” – Jamie Rubin, Clinton Assistant Secretary of State
Hosni Mubarak no longer holds power over Egypt. All the power transferred today to the military, the most stable of entities in that country. Early reports are that last night military leaders threatened to remove their uniforms and join the protesters if he didn’t resign, making it so that Mubarak had no alternative.
A historic day – in many ways
This is not the only revolution that happened on this date, February 11th. In addition to the fact that anyone Egyptian under the age of 30 has never known another president, today is also the 32nd anniversary of the Iranian Revolution and the 21st anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 hard years in Robbin Island prison in Capetown.
A region of the young
The Middle East is a region of youth. More than 70% are under 30. Many of them are unemployed. The majority are poor. They have not had much to look forward to. In Egypt, it appears that the elite among these who are well educated joined forces with other younger Egyptians to sustain the rebellion of Tahrir Square. It will be interesting to see how or even if they are integrated into plans for government to help create the future they demanded.
Interestingly, many Egyptian military leaders have been trained here in the US and they have back-channel relationships with their counterparts here. Reports are that Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen talked just this morning with his peer in the Egyptian Army.
As we wonder what this will mean to the relationship with the US, it’s useful to recall the speech the President made in Cairo shortly after he was inaugurated. Analysts say that what the people in Cairo want is for him to keep his word – what he said in that speech. Here’s some of it:
We’ll update our reports all day so stay tuned.
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