Saturday, February 12, 2011

Egypt Awakens to a New Dawn and Challenges

Hosni Mubarak may no longer be the President of Egypt, but the country still faces tremendous challenges and opportunities.

Mubarak was incapable of realizing that his time was past and his regime was ended by the Egyptian Army on behalf of the Egyptian people. At least that's what the Egyptian people hope is the case. The Army says that it will act as a caretaker government until elections are held. Protesters are going to keep the pressure on the Army to carry through with their promise.

The Army has already taken steps to prevent members of Mubarak's government from fleeing the country, which would suggest that they're looking to put at least some of them on trial for everything from corruption and embezzlement of funds to trampling civil and human rights such as torture, unlawful detentions, etc.
An official statement said that officials could only travel with permission from State Prosecutor or the Armed Forces.

The new move to put restrictions on movements of Mubarak loyalists came as mystery continued to surround the whereabouts of the deposed president and his family.

While officially it is stated that Mr. Mubarak has shifted to his Sharm-al-Sheikh resort on the Red sea, other reports in the Arab media said he may have moved to Europe or the Gulf.

There was no word or mention of the ex-president from the new regime.
The Swiss government has assisted efforts by freezing bank accounts associated with Mubarak, and would likely do the same with other Egyptian officials.

The caretaker government will still have to deal with rampant unemployment, poor economic opportunities, and rising food prices. That's the situation that will face whoever is elected as part of the new Egyptian government.

Fostering economic development will be key
, as more than half the country lives in abject poverty.

Egyptians have begun taking charge of their own future, and hundreds of volunteers have turned out in Tahrir Square to clean it up after nearly three weeks of protests and riots.

No comments: