Change Comes Slowly

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on February 6, 2011

We are seeing some change in Egypt, but not nearly enough to satisfy the protesters. The leadership of the National Democratic party–Egypt’s ruling party–has resigned, but Mubarak is determined to ride out the protests, and seems to believe that he can. Neither American pressure, not the pressure put on Mubarak by protesters has yet been enough to cause him to want to leave.

As the story indicates, the protesters see through the efforts to implement faux reform, and allow Mubarak to stay on longer. It also states that “the military figures now dominating the regime – including [vice president Omar] Suleiman and Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq – judged that dumping party veterans was the price for convincing enough Egyptians that it is serious about reform to weaken the demonstrations to the point they die down.” If that is the case, then the military figures in question–including Suleiman–run the risk of totally discrediting themselves in the eyes of the protesters, thus making it more difficult to provide a transitional government in the aftermath of any Mubarak departure, which in turn would make it more difficult to convince Mubarak that he needs to leave.

UPDATE: Some competence from the White House would be appreciated at this time. Alas . . .

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