10 Feb 2011

Change in Egypt?

President Mubarak's speech on Thursday disappointed a lot of people throughout Egypt. He didn't step back, he didn't step aside.

Mubarak said in his speech he would keep his pledge. He transferred some of his power to the vice president Suleiman and will lift the state of emergency, but only if the situation was stabile.

He also said death's that occurred during the last 17 days of demonstrations will be investigated.

But people on the streets fear after 30 years of broken promises, he will break his promise again. The people of Egypt want to see a change right in front of their eyes.

Now they fear more corruption. People expected to hear something different. They hoped Mubarak would transfer all of his powers and step back.

Mubarak said Egypt will not listen "to dictates from abroad", he will not be dictated by foreign countries, he told the US to back off. The message was clear: Egypt is sitting in the driving seats.

Suleiman speaks to the Egyptian people

Vice president Suleiman hold a speech just after Mubarak. For him with the movement of the 25th January history has begun - history that changes into democracy.

He strengthened Mubarak's words and underlined that Mubarak is aware of the seriousness of the situation. The president's supreme interest is of the country above anything else, he said.

Suleiman said he was empowered to preserve the achievement of the country and to restore the stability and happiness in Egypt.

He asked the people to contribute to this goal and added Mubarak has opened a door of dialogue and reached understanding.

The door is still open for more dialogue. Suleiman says he is committed to whatever he can do to achieve a peaceful transfer of power.

He asks all citizens to look forward to the future full of freedom and democracy. He is sure; the people will never choose the danger of chaos.

What will happen?

But they might do. On Tahrir Square one can hear words like "he has to leave, not we have to leave". Now people might march to the president's palace, which is 15-20 miles away from Tahrir Square.

How will the army respond to this? Will they stand by or step in? They need to decide between Mubarak and the people of Egypt.


  1. seriously...i read the article and it sounds just like on BBC or CNN. Keep it up lady! Informative, objective and nice style !

  2. Stefan Heidler2/11/2011 2:05 am

    I think, the opposition is missing a real leader who could be an alternative to Mubarak. Who is there? What´s the plan? As long as there is no real alternative to Suleiman or Mubarak, I think it would probably be the best to keep things as they are. Imagine, there would be a chaos and islamic, fundamentalistic movements would gain power...is that what Egypt (and the western World) wants?