With Mubarak gone, mabrook Egypt! His intelligence chief is in charge and the Egyptian military can now longer afford to sit on the fence and would finally drive away any protesters left at Tahrir Square as Mubarak stepped down according to the people’s wishes. The Egyptian people got what they wanted in a surprise peaceful turn of events and Egypt is now at a critical crossword.
Israel is naturally worried that the new regime at Cairo would sideline the important peace treaty and thus might even start a new wave of pan-Arabic anti-Israel mood since the Yom Kippur war. The tragedy of Mubarak’s departure if it indeed sparks off new levels of anti-Tel Aviv hostility. If so, it might throw out of the window that shaky theory that democracies get along with each other and do not engage in wars. Has the people power protest wave stopped or will another Arab regime topple? Jordan, another anchor in the Middle East stability as it has official ties with Israel will now be watching its domestic crowd very vigilantly.
Singapore – For 18 days, they watched the violent protests back home anxiously. Some lost sleep. Others were emotional.
Last night, they could finally gather to celebrate a new beginning in their country after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down on Friday.
About 30 people – mostly Egyptian expatriates – met at the Cafe Le Caire at Arab Street for the event. The cafe is owned by Dr Ameen Talib, a member of the management board of the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore.
The group said the event was to show solidarity with the people in Egypt and to remember the 300 who had died during the protests, which began on Jan 25. A moment of silence was observed.
Those MediaCorp spoke to said they felt liberated and optimistic but anxious about their future.
Ms Shereen Mohd Idris, 27, an Egypt-born Singaporean, said: “For anyone with an Egyptian background, this is a very significant event, because it fortifies your identity, it gives you this sense of belonging.”
Mr Ahmed Ibrahim, 33, an Egyptian working here, said most of his friends and family members also hit the streets to support the protesters. He added: “For the last 15 days, I did not sleep well. The first night to have good sleep was only two days ago, after the President stepped down.”
Mr Mohamed Mostafa, 26, another Egyptian expatriate, was also emotional.
He said: “Maybe we were not there, during the revolution, but our role will come back when we go back to Egypt. We are going to rebuild Egypt from the very beginning, we will wait for a better future, better education. Egypt will be clean.”
Mr Islam Hany, 25, said, Egyptians previously didn’t care about the country’s politics.
Now they do.
“I am very optimistic about the future, because I believe that this revolution really unified Egyptians and I am sure Egyptians will now care more than before and they will do their best to make their country the best,” he said.