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Mubarak Resigns – Egypt’s Army In Charge

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Dave Griffith
Dave Griffith

Fireworks reigned down over Tahrir Square to signal the end of the reign of Egypt President Hosni Mubarak.

After defying protests yesterday, Mubarak it seems has been given no alternative by the army who have been sounding like they are really in charge for days now.

Crowds in Cairo, Alexandria and other cities around the country erupted into a pandemonium of cheers and waving flags. They danced, hugged and raised their hands in prayer after Vice President Omar Suleiman made the announcement on national TV just after nightfall. Some fell to kiss the ground, and others chanted, “Goodbye, goodbye.”

While the crowds in Egypt are wildy jubulant that their anti-Mubarak/ Pro-democracy demonstrations have been successful in removing him, they might like to reflect in the coming days on the reality of their situation.

The 30 year totalitarian regime of an Airforce General has been replaced by the Army. World experience tells us that when the military are in charge that it is generally not hailed by anyone as a time of freedom and liberty.

We will watch with interest in the coming months to see if the large power vacuum in Egypt is filled by another dictatorship or free and fair elections.

The problem with power is that once someone has it it becomes seductive and is hard to let go of. There is every danger that the army will hold on using the pretext of needing to maintain calm and order until elections can be held. That is fine for a period, just as long as those elections are held within a reasonable timeframe.

Perhaps this revolution will go down in history as the first regime change brought about by the power of Google and Facebook. I  believe it may be the first of many.

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