Friday, February 11, 2011

The Egyptian Protesters/People Triumph! Mubarak Resigns!

At approximately 6pm Cairo time, the now former Vice President Suleiman read a statement that the now former President Mubarak had resigned, and the country would be ruled by the High Council of the Armed Forces.

According to an Egyptian constitutional expert this means that the Speaker of the Assembly acts as President in a ceremonial capacity, while the Armed Forces High Council governs the country through an interim period which, by the constitution, may last 2 months to 2 years, depending on the situation. The September elections are off, and the country is to move toward democracy, and most importantly the rule of law.

The joy in Tahrir Square is palpable!

The voices of the protesters interviewed break with emotion.

I congratulate the Egyptian people and hope for the type of smooth transition to lasting freedom, democracy, prosperity, and justice that occurred for the Portuguese people after the Carnation Revolution of 1974, led by the armed forces in Lisbon.

In that spirit, I am happy to join others who have been calling the Egyptian uprising "the Lotus Revolution".

May Allah bless and protect all the Egyptian people!


Wendy said...

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God. ~ Thomas Jefferson

The people of Egypt were strong and now the even harder part begins.

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

One can only hope that Egypt shapes a government that serves the people. It will take real statementship for the military to give up the wealth and privilege the military leaders have enjoyed.

One has to admire the peacefulness of the protesters.

Saudi Jawa said...

What an amazing moment. I was quite lucky. Five minutes after switching Al Jazeera on, the Egyptian veep gave that historic (and brief) speech. I know everyone's sick and tired of hearing this phrase, but what the heck: we have just witnessed history unfolding!

Congrats to the Egyptian people, and here's to hoping that the next steps (the really hard ones) go one smoothly.

Susanne said...

Very happy for Egypt and all Arabs today! And for everyone else who loves this kind of stuff! :)

Majed said...

Dear Chiara, Sorry to say Susanne has hit the point that you must have.

All arab should be congratulated for this event when arabs for the first time shake off their long-lasting hybernation, I hope they they will stretch up to full length and start running to catch up with those other great nations who outran us by far, I was almost at the verge of denying or disbelieving that all arabs are or ever were one and that they share the same worries,aspirations,expectation and dreams but the earthquakes in Tunesia and Egypt revived the feeling our oneness, unity and our one fate because araba all over the world were sleeplessly nailed down in front of TV sets and PCs around the clock we virtually were in al-Tahrir Square though not there in flesh.

And we all must admit this last revolution was unique let alone everthing else not even sexual harrasments were heard of during all this, and I cant but admire hundreds of thousands may millins of unorganized poeple can be ever lined up in straight lines after a single call to perform paryer in such organized manner i am really pround of being one of those people.

Now, I am happy and I only wish they will Let Mubarak live in peace the remaining days of his life.

Wendy said...

Majed said:- Now, I am happy and I only wish they will Let Mubarak live in peace the remaining days of his life.

I ask Why???? I might also say that it is NOT a victory for all Arabs but for the Egyptian peoples as they were the ones who put themselves on the line.

Majed said...

Thank you wendy for reading my comment.

When I said to allow him to live in peace the remaining days I meant to say, he was a man of power and authority and now he has nothing it would be very cheap to humilate any further,also as a muslim I believe there is no better deed than forgiving when one is able to avenge.

Egyptians won the Ain Jalout (Spring of Goliath )battle against the Mongols and saved the world, history says it was between muslims and Mongols not the Egyptians.

Soldiers fight and honor or disgrace goes to the whole nation, it is 14 Million km2 and 300 million soul all cant be in the same place, and you can see it is happening everywhere, in Yemen where I expect it to be very bloody one if the president wants it to be so, as there are more weapons than people, and in Aljeria would not be much better, Aljerians are volatile IMCO Class 1type of people, I pray to Allah for the good of all.

Wendy said...

I dunno Majed ... I understand forgiveness but I'm not sure a man who acquired between 40 and 70 billion dollars deserves to live out his life happily and peacefully unless he gives some back to the people. Can you imagine if he gave back only 1 or 2 billion to Egypt what a difference it would make??? Yes, he was a man of power and authority but he abused that power and authority (as do so many others).

Chiara said...

Thank you all for your comments.

Wendy--nice quote! thanks for sharing it. True, the "even harder" part has begun, and hopefully will have as good an outcome.

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream--I agree. There will be much need for expert negotiation and in good faith. The protesters were very disciplined and focused. They didn't take the bait! Truly admirable.

Saudi Jawa--thanks for sharing your experience. I have a feeling this is one of those "where were you when" moments. I had gone out on some quick errands because it seemed as if there were nothing going to happen for a few hours, given that Mubarak usually made his speeches as late as possible in the day. When I came back I had just turned on the BBC a few minutes before there was the breaking news of Suleiman's announcement. I thought I might have missed the run-up announcing that he would be making an announcement some time soon, but it seems to have caught everyone by surprise.
Absolutely a historic moment! One feels proud to have caught it as it happened. And yes, now hoping the rebuilding is as smooth and positive as possible.

Susanne--yes one feels the joy of all Egyptians, Arabs, and Arabophiles!

Chiara said...

Majed and Wendy--thank you for your comments, and sharing your dialogue with us.

Majed--I wrote this post from a very narrow perspective of paying tribute to the Egyptian protesters for their achievement. I posted it very soon after the VPs announcement, not even waiting for a celebratory pic. I didn't want to include any of the caveats about the moment either. So I agree with you that this was historic and an inspiration for all MENA countries, but that wasn't my focus in this particular post. Thanks for pointing out that dimension more fully. That is what the comments are for! :D
I agree many of us were glued to the live streaming of events in Tahrir Square!
I understand your point about Mubarak. As far as I know the protesters have stated they don't want revenge or blood shed. Some do want him tried through an appropriate and fair judicial process for his crimes against humanity. I think that would be reasonable, if the Egyptians choose that course.

Wendy--Yes, I take your points about holding Mubarak accountable and making him pay back the money plundered from the Egyptian people. It seems that all the billions will be very hard to trace even if all countries cooperate and freeze his assets as Switzerland has done. Yet even a percentage of his ill-gotten gain would help in rebuilding Egypt.

Thank you both again for your comments and dialogue.


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