Egyptian Revolution for President Hosni Mubarak Resignation

February 5, 2011

By Padmini Arhant

President Hosni Mubarak defiance to republic call for his immediate resignation is prolonging the political standoff between the people and leadership.

The Egyptian President expressed strong desire to leave office in a public statement – “I am fed up of being President for thirty long years and I wish to quit now.”

Accordingly the resignation was expected from the leader for peaceful political transition after the national conflict having claimed many innocent lives and brought the country to the brink of civil war.

Now the dramatic decision to stay in power and political imprisonment of the uprising organizers as witnessed with the people representative and Parliament opposition leader Ayman Nour recently is counterproductive for the leadership and against national interest.


Further in the latest CNN interview – THE SITUATION ROOM – Thank you.

Aired February 4, 2011 – 18:00 ET

AHMED ABUL GHEIT, EGYPTIAN FOREIGN MINISTER: We Egyptians do not like opposition from abroad. And —

HALA GORANI, CNN CORRESPONDENT: But this is your own people asking you to do this.

GHEIT: No, no. It is not our own people.

GORANI: There are protesters out there saying we want…


GHEIT: The president is to transform the country. And we, all of us will transform the country not through chaos, but we will transform the country through an orderly transformation.


BLITZER: All right. Let’s bring in professor Fouad Ajami. He’s director of Middle East studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and from Los Angeles, the Egyptian-born journalist, the award-winning columnist Mona Eltahawy.

Mona, you just heard the foreign minister say, give them patience. They can work this out. It might take a few more months, but President Mubarak has to stay in power and get the job done in an orderly way.

What do you say to him?

MONA ELTAHAWY, JOURNALIST & COMMENTATOR: I say to him that the Mubarak regime right now sounds like a bunch of old men who are terrified at the thought that a youth-driven revolution is about to unseat them.

And they can’t get over it. It’s paternalism at its worst. And they’re doing is they’re acting like this very strict father who want to scare his children into begging him to stay.

It’s absolute nonsense that this has to do with the outside, when Tahrir Square and other cities around Egypt have told Mubarak very clearly, go now.

ELTAHAWY: I would tell the Obama administration very clearly that the Egyptian people have spoken loudly. Millions of them have turned out in the streets to answer the call for freedom in Egypt.

And the Mubarak regime is just buying time. If the Mubarak regime were serious about this peaceful transfer of power, they would, for example, release a young man called Wael Ghonim, who is Google’s Middle East and North Africa man, a geek, a tech guy, who they arrested, that they have had him in custody now for days. And hopefully they’re not torturing the hell out of him.

But he offers no concessions whatsoever. Instead, the Mubarak regime is trying to frighten the Egyptian public, is trying to divide it, when it knows its time is up. The international community should cut aid to the Mubarak regime and freeze Mubarak’s assets until he finally answers his people’s call and leaves.”

By Padmini Arhant – Egyptian Revolution…contd.

It is clear from the reports that President Mubarak latest position to continue in office and his administration rhetoric to citizens’ peaceful protest exacerbates the political quagmire with explicit plan to strengthen status quo eliminating democratic possibilities at the remotest extent.

President Hosni Mubarak and cabinet members are either incognizant or fallacious in the proposal antithetical to main street emphatic demand for the President and the entire regime termination from office.

The notion that the nation will crumble upon their cessation in power is presumptuous and an insult to injury for a society of 80 million population with young, energetic, intelligent professionals and dedicated political leaders deprived an opportunity to confirm the reality up until now.

President Hosni Mubarak and the loyalists have lost credibility not only among the Egyptian electorate treated as subjects under the repressive government but also in the international domain contributing to allies’ image salvation following the violent crackdown to suppress pro-democracy peace movement.

Any democratic nation contemplating aid withdrawal to totalitarianism cannot be representative of democratic values conspicuously rejected in President Hosni Mubarak era and the rest of Middle East.

As stated earlier, Egypt political showdown is turned into a theatrical exhibit by the embattled President and affiliates in their relentless pursuit for dominance against republic will.

From the streets in Paris to Cairo – economic and political decisions detrimental to en masse are being imposed in the so-called democracy to proclaim supremacy nearing end despite concerted efforts to thwart the inevitable demise.

It is important for global citizens to rise peacefully and non-violently against any form of threat to their dignified existence with political freedom, social equality and justice ultimately enabling economic prospects for all.

Please remember the Velvet Revolution – a non-violent revolution (November 17 – December 29, 1989) in Czechoslovakia (known as Velvet revolution in Czech and Gentle revolution in Slovak) that precipitated the communist government overthrow with Czech Republic and Slovak Republic respectively emerging in orderly yet decisive manner to people contentment –

The government dismantled with President Gustáv Husák resignation on December 10, 1989 facilitating the June 1990 first democratic elections since 1946.

Lately Tunisian citizens proved in their battle against corrupt dictatorial power that peaceful and non-violent republic revolution is historically a powerful mechanism to implement authentic change in a society.

Likewise people in Egypt have demonstrated remarkable solidarity and steel resolve in their plea for President Hosni Mubarak and the establishment dismissal with initial conciliatory reaction resulting in the authority’s contradictory action legitimizing the urgency to deter authoritarian rule.

The U.S and allies operation in Iraq targeted the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s residential palaces to oust the adversary by force.

However, the situation in Egypt committed to non-violence and peaceful political evolution can be expedited with honor rather than humiliation for the reluctant authorities.

Again President Hosni Mubarak evidently adamant to retain control not on his volition in the prominent external influence.

Nonetheless the leader is presented with a unique moment to acknowledge the people political mandate for instant exit leading to fundamental change in Egyptian politics.

President Hosni Mubarak is also reminded of the fact that those advising the leader to procrastinate departure in the hope of quelling dissent based on earlier experience are challenging the revolution resilience vowed to prevail this time considering public frustration at breaking point over thirty years of oppression.

Besides the leader should realize that ill-advisers are always the first to flee and disavow ties once the wheels fly off the wagon. If the unfolding scenario has not disillusioned the President then unfortunately it is analogous to seeking oasis in a barren desert.

Therefore the saving grace in this political crisis would be to accept the development in republic favor and resign from office with dignity.

The incumbent government is obliged to release the political prisoners like the initiators behind the peace march and Wael Ghonim – the individual allegedly held in custody on false convictions. Positive response in this context would alleviate existing anti-government sentiments among the vast majority.

Egypt revolution must maintain their non-violent peaceful decorum displayed until now and persevere in the path to victory.

It is equally imperative to refrain from allowing puppet figures launched by foreign powers for their strategic gains rather than Egyptian citizens’ progress in the changing political event.

The Egyptian military continuous law and order enforcement without any harm to civilians or private and public property would unequivocally ease any tensions in the imminent political transformation with President Hosni Mubarak and cabinet replacement.

Defense personnel primary obligation is national security by protecting citizens from domestic and overseas aggression.

The measures adopted on February 4, 2011 is proved effective in promoting peaceful environment and would be beneficial to extend until the crisis is resolved to republic satisfaction.

It is evident from the two weeks peace rally for paradigm shift in Egyptian political concept that autocracy cannot win at all costs and eventually succumb to people power in human history.

Egypt sovereignty and republic future can no longer be determined by undemocratic discretionary powers.

People in Egypt must succeed in their political goals and gain momentum in peaceful approach for democracy.

You have international community blessings and support to assist in your political endeavor.

The global citizens are urged to stand by the Egyptian people in this noble humanitarian cause.

Please remain calm but do not compromise on your political aspirations for you will triumph against pseudo power.

Good Luck to Egypt patriots for a successful political achievement.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant


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