Sunday, October 11, 2009
The future of Egypt's political system
"Many, including me, had hoped that President Mubarak would start implementing such a reform program following the restoration of Taba and the return of the Arab League to its headquarters in Cairo before the end of the 1980s. The president, however, shattered all hopes by doing the opposite of what he said in his political speech at the beginning of his rule, and acting counter to republican traditions upheld by his predecessors. The president's attitude on two pivotal issues demonstrated this contradiction. First, he insisted on not appointing a vice-president, claiming there was no one suitable for the position, and second, he allowed his son to play a gradually increasing political role until he became akin to an unofficial vice president. "