Will Mubarak go tonight?

Posted in 1 by Editor on February 10, 2011



Persistent reports are saying that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will resign tonight. It is not yet clear what this will mean and what role the military will play in the circumstances. Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak is to make an address on national television, amid suggestions that he is preparing to step down.

Hassan al-Roweni, an Egyptian army commander, told protesters in the square that “everything you want will be realised”.


Hassam Badrawi, the secretary general of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), told the BBC and Channel 4 News on that he expected Mubarak to hand over his powers to Omar Suleiman, the vice-president.







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  1. Censu Rummiena said, on February 10, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Jien nghid li gej in-nejk. Mit-tagen ghal gon-nar!

  2. Joseph Dalli said, on February 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Hassan al-Roweni’s statement: “everything you want will be realised” raises some red flags in my opinion, considering that such a statement is coming from an Army Commander…

  3. Lorry Dimech said, on February 10, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Now we’ll see if Egypt’s army is truly patriotic.

  4. Charmaine Callus Galea said, on February 10, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    @ Lorry
    You can rest assured that if the army steps in and gets nasty they will justify it as a patriotic intervention.

  5. Frances Falzon said, on February 10, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    @ Lorry
    Patriotism is like chewing gum. You can give it whatever shape you like once you have thoroughly chewed it. The acid test for the army is their attitude to the anti-Mubarak demonstrators in Tahrir Square. If they force them back home (or worse), then it can only mean that they are stepping in to prevent the democratic revolution from taking its course. they may call it patriotism. The patriots in Tahrir Square will call it counter-revolution.

  6. Fred Vella said, on February 10, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    At all of you.
    You guys are too idealistic. Revolutions, as I said a couple of days ago, are neither quick nor straightforward. They are long-drawn out processes and very, very complex. It’s several steps forward and many steps backwards. They are not straight lines, they zig-zag and loop. This was not an insurrection planned by half a dozen brains in a study. It was/is a popular uprising and largely spontaneous. There will be attempts to hijack it and turn it upon itself. If the army attempts to freeze change in the name of change itself, the people will have no choice but to turn against the army. It will be bloody and confusing. But then, change of this scale hardly ever is otherwise.

  7. YD said, on February 10, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    A revolution is considered to be a success only when the army sides with the people. In this case it seems that the army’s intention is not to join forces and side with the crowd but assume total command.

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