Monday, 14 February 2011

Egypt: The New Dawn, new generation Africans standing firm against corruption and dictatorship!


EGYPT:  As the world celebrates with Egypt and admires the determination of the New Generation Africans determined to make a change and take charge of their destiny, it is important to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to make this dream a reality.  The revolution is a clear message to dictators around the world especially in Africa (Mugabe for example) and few Arab leaders who thinks that they have a divine right to rule; "your days are numbered and you should be very scared" the new generation are coming after you!  The will of the people and right to a true democracy must be respected as well as their human rights.

The post-Tunisia eruption of massive protests in Egypt has felt tectonic in scope and wide-reaching geopolitical implications. Not since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran has a Middle Eastern event galvanized with such magnitude the Arab Middle East and, indeed, the world. While the situation remains tremendously fluid, we do know that the self-immolation of an under-employed 26-year old Tunisian fruit and vegetable vendor has helped set off historic events of immense consequence. Now aided by hindsight, we can almost hear the collective wail of despair and frustration that shook mass swaths of the populace in cities like Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and points beyond, namely, if relatively small Tunisia can rid herself of her ruler with such dispatch, surely the great, ancient nation of Egypt can accomplish the same?

In a statement the army said it will run the country for six months or until presidential or parliamentary elections can be held.
The caretaker Cabinet, which was appointed by ousted President Hosni Mubarak shortly after the mass pro-democracy protests began on January 25, will remain in place until a new one is formed.
Its members met for the first time since Mr Mubarak bowed to pressure and stepped down from his 30-year rule on Friday.
"Our concern now in the Cabinet is security, to bring security back to the Egyptian citizen," Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq told a news conference.
The ruling military council also reiterated that it would abide by all of Egypt's international treaties agreed in Mr Mubarak's era, most importantly the peace treaty with Israel.
Opposition figure Ayman Nour, who challenged Mr Mubarak for the presidency in 2005, said the steps taken by the new military leadership were a "victory for the revolution".
The dissolving of the parliament is "key" because it is "stuffed with Mr Mubarak's cronies and supporters".
Meawhile, the UK government is facing calls to freeze assets held in Britain belonging to Mr Mubarak.
Switzerland has already frozen "possible assets" belonging to the 82-year-old.
Mr Mubarak is thought to have amassed billions of pounds during his years in power, with funds in British and Swiss banks and properties in London, New York and Los Angeles.
British ministers said they would need a formal request from the Egyptian authorities before they could move against the former president's funds or property in the UK.
However, the Serious Fraud Office indicated it was monitoring the situation while Business Secretary Vince Cable warned action could be against any UK bank found to have improperly helped Mr Mubarak shield his wealth.!/Newgenafrica


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