Among the demands of Egyptian protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square, one of the most central is constitutional reform that will prevent a repeat of the concentration of power achieved under President Hosni Mubarak. Vice President Omar Suleiman announced Feb. 8 that a committee had been formed to discuss constitutional reforms necessary for free and fair elections, but many protesters are wary that the reforms will be only superficial. Below are a few of the constitutional provisions that have served to limit Egypt’s opposition and cement the government’s power.
Egypt protests have sought Mubarak's removal. The Muslim Brotherhood suddenly dropped that demand in talks Sunday, angering participants in Egypt protests and causing an apparent split in the group's ranks.
Three scenarios for the way the uprising might end and what it all means for the US, Israel, and Iran.
Of Albanian descent, Ismail Pasha was Viceroy (Khedive) of Egypt from 1963 until he was removed at the will of the British in 1879. While in power, he modernized Egypt in an effort to bring it closer to Europe, putting the country in debt.
The discontent boiling to the surface in the Arab world is as much driven by complex demographics as politics. So politics alone won't restore stability. The US must come to terms with its reduced role in the region and reassess strategic partnerships.
'We are anxiously monitoring what is happening in Egypt and [elsewhere] in our region,' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet Sunday morning.
If the Egypt protesters succeed in driving Hosni Mubarak from power, moments like this will be remembered as crucial.
Stock market in Cairo falls to lowest level since 2008.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas hosted a banquet yesterday to appeal directly to Israelis, the latest move in an attempt to circumvent stymied peace talks.