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Breaking News Regarding Egypt and Translation of Pres. Mubarak’s Speech

Refer back to the Washington Post article I sourced on here earlier in the week.  In his speech tonight, President Mubarak has, according to the Egyptian Ambassador to the United States, transferred all Presidential Powers to the Vice-President.  He remains the technical Head of State, but “undertaking all responsibilities under the Constitution” is now, according to him, the role of Vice-President Sulieman.  Mubarak is in power, but largely as a figurehead.

If this is the case, as it appears now that it may be, Egypt is in a Constitutional bind which the Post wrote about last week.  Parliament cannot be dissolved by the Vice-President, nor can the Constitution be amended by him.  The country is therefore bound, via their highest document, to a state of limbo in relation to the protesters’ demands and the government’s actual ability to act. What usually comes from limbo and power vacuums in government and politics  is an advancement of the military.  If this translation from the Egyptian Ambassador to the U.S. is correct, I don’t see any way that the military cannot step up and essentially take over the country leading up to this fall’s elections. Keep in mind as well, this could just be Mubarak covering his power through Suleiman and not actually effectively making any sort of change.

I’m going to tone down on the analysis for a bit here; there’s just too much coming at us right now for me to feel confident saying much like that.  I’m in front of a bunch of Egyptian news sources and am going to try to throw out what’s coming from all sides at the moment.

Egyptian magazine Al-Masry Al-Youm is claiming that the military has abandoned many of their posts outside of the Presidential Palace in wake of some discussions made today.  They’re also saying that the military earlier today made comments about stepping in to end the protests.


No offense meant to al-Masry al-Youm, but know that they aren’t the New York Times.  This is definitely worth following, but I’d like to see it confirmed from elsewhere before I start talking about it at length.

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