Egyptian President Announces He Will Not Run for Reelection.
Isn't it good when all people join together as one? When they forget about religion, age, sex and social status and just focus on the very thing that brings them together: their common hatred? They may not like the same things, they may have a different vision of the world, but boy, do they hate President Mubarak.
After more than a week of multitudinous protests, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak announced today that he will not run for reelection, having served in office for over 30 years. A logical decision, you might think, but will this be enough to tame the wild protesters whose main demand was the immediate resignation of Mubarak and all of his political party?
Mubarak's announcement took place right after president Barack Obama urged him not to run for reelection. In diplomatic terms, Egypt is America's closest Arab ally, and Washington's influence plied on them is certainly important, considering Egypt is one of the major recipients of economic aid coming from the US, with a yearly amount of $1.5 billion.
The United States was placed between a rock and hard place, considering on one hand the close ties they have with Egypt's current administration, and on the other, the big cry for justice and real democracy coming from the Egyptian people. However, some politicians haven't been so hesitant with their declarations. John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, made his stand clear by saying Mubarak should step out immediately.
Socially, Egypt is still shaking, and a final resolution –- if not irresolution -– is yet to come. And one thing is certain: it does not look good for president Mubarak.