>Africa File: Mubarak reverses yesterday’s decision, hands power to armed forces, resignation ends 30-year dictatorship

>– Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff to Visit Israel, Jordan, Reassure Countries of America’s Support

– Muslim Brotherhood Website Alleges Israeli Embassy Still Closed in Cairo, Haaretz First Reports Closure on January 30

– Anti-Regime Protesters Clash with Police in Algeria and Yemen as Revolutionary Wave Washes across Arab World

Now we’re in big trouble.
— Zvi Mazel, former Israeli ambassador to Egypt, quoted in Ynet News, February 11, 2011

The popular revolution in Egypt has achieved one of its main objectives. According to CNN, President Hosni Mubarak resigned on Friday, reversing the previous day’s decision to stay on until September elections, and handed over power to the military. The end of the three-decade Mubarak dictatorship follows 18 days of anti-government protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and other cities, as well as country-wide labor strikes.

“In a somber one-minute announcement on state television,” reports CNN, “Vice President Omar Suleiman said Mubarak had resigned and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces will ‘run the affairs of the country.'” The same source continues: “The Swiss government has directed banks to freeze all assets belonging to Mubarak and his family, said Norbert Baerlocher, a spokesman for the Swiss Embassy in Washington. The banks do not as yet have a clear picture of what Mubarak has but protesters on the streets had worried that he would attempt to flee the country with looted money.”

The Bulgarian media covered the Muslim Brotherhood’s response to Mubarak’s resignation: “‘I salute the Egyptian people and the martyrs. This is the day of victory for the Egyptian people,’ declared a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Mohamed el-Katatni, who is a former leader of the parliamentary bloc of the banned Islamist organization as cited by MSNBC.” The pro-Iran, anti-Israel Brotherhood’s role in any future Egyptian government has been the subject of much international media speculation.

The Egyptian army’s Supreme Council has asked the interim government of Vice President Suleiman to oversee the day-to-day aspects of national administration, while Mubarak himself has retreated to the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. The military has promised to hand over ultimate authority to an elected civilian government and to abide by all international agreements.

Israel’s former ambassador to Egypt was not optimistic about the future of relations between the neighbors. Zvi Mazel opined to Ynet News: “It’s over, Egypt is no longer a superpower. Egypt has completely lost its status in the area, while Turkey and Iran are on the way up. It’s a different world. As long as we had Mubarak, there was no void in our relations with the region. Now we’re in big trouble.”

According to the Muslim Brotherhood’s website, the Israeli embassy is still closed in Cairo in the wake of Mubarak’s departure. There is no independent confirmation of this report. However, on January 30, Haaretz reported that Israel had closed its embassy in Cairo and chartered an El Al plane to evacuate diplomatic families admidst the unrest in Egypt’s streets. “The embassy was closed all weekend,” the news source stated, “and will probably remain that way until the security situation stabilizes.”

In a related story, Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, will visit Israel and Jordan this weekend to assure the two countries of America’s support following the demise of the National Democratic Party regime in Egypt.

Inspired by the successful revolutions that ousted the socialist dictators in Tunisia and Egypt over the past four weeks, anti-regime protesters in Algeria and Yemen have once again defied government bans and clashed with police. Sky News reports that on Saturday several thousand protesters, including four lawmakers, assembled in the streets of Algiers to demand the ouster of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, while 2,000 demonstrators in Sanaa demanded President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s resignation.

One response to “>Africa File: Mubarak reverses yesterday’s decision, hands power to armed forces, resignation ends 30-year dictatorship

  1. mah29001 February 11, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    >It seems that our allege Soviet mole Barack Obama and the Communist Party USA are happy that Hosni Mubarak has left, leaving Israel vulnerable to a Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt, also Israel has closed down its embassy as an obvious precaution:http://peoplesworld.org/mubarak-s-fall-poses-new-challenge-for-u-s/

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