Saturday, February 12, 2011

A New Egypt! Power to the people!

Like most everyone else around the world, I was glued to watching and reading the news reports from Egypt yesterday. It was an incredible moment when the announcement came that Hosni Mubarak had resigned from the presidency. We were watching history in the making.

After 18 incredible days of a peaceful rebellion, the determination and bravery of the protesters in Tahir Square in Cairo had finally paid off. It's an amazing example of "people power" and they did it without resorting to violence. Huge kudos to the Egyptian people.

It's true that the military will be taking control at first. Al Arabiya (the Arabic- language television news channel) reported - via Twitter - that the Egypt army will suspend parliament, sack the cabinet, and head of constitutional court will lead with military council. Also, the latest news reported today is that Egypt is committed to all national and international agreements.

The whole world will be watching Egypt as a new government is formed and there is a transition to democracy.

Wael Ghonim, the Head of Marketing of Google Middle East and North Africa, delivered this important message to Egyptians via his Twitter account yesterday:

A call to all well-educated Egyptians around the world. Come back ASAP to build our nation.

The world is changing. The power of the people has brought down a dictator by organizing a successful and peaceful revolution.

Congratulations Egypt!

2 comments:

  1. The Egyptian people have been able to make changes in their country by demonstrations that were relatively peaceful.

    I was surprised to learn that Mubarak's son is a British Citizen. It was interesting how Mubarak was never spoken of as a dictator in the western press until his resignation. I don't understand why a man in his eighties would want to stay in politics. I was saddened to hear that a number of items were damaged, stolen or destroyed from the museum in Cairo; it's a place I always wanted to visit.

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  2. There is a British connection because Suzanne Mubarak's mother was a British citizen.

    Yes, it is a real shame to hear about the items that were damaged or stolen from the museum in Cairo.

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