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A coup has taken place in Egypt with the military now in charge

Mubarak is gone, and a military council is in charge.  The senior leaders of the military now have the challenge to move the country from a military dictatorship under 31 years of military rule towards some type of democratic government.  There are many questions concerning political aspects, but it does not seem clear that the region, including Suez & Israel can expect some continuation of local peace treaties and inter country stability.

Mubarak Resigns, Military is in Charge | Stratfor

Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman delivered the following statement Feb. 11: “In the name of God the merciful, the compassionate, citizens, during these very difficult circumstances Egypt is going through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to step down from the office of president of the republic and has charged the high council of the armed forces to administer the affairs of the country. May God help everybody.”

Suleiman’s statement is the clearest indication thus far that the military has carried out a coup led by Defense Minister Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi. It is not clear whether Suleiman will remain as the civilian head of the army-led government. Egypt is returning to the 1952 model of ruling the state via a council of army officers. The question now is to what extent the military elite will share power with its civilian counterparts.
Read more: Red Alert: Mubarak Resigns, Military is in Charge | STRATFOR

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Written by Colin Henderson

February 11, 2011 at 11:53

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