Jan 20, 2010, 3:33 PM
Since protests started in
The unrest in
The Tunisian upheaval began with anger over rising food prices, high unemployment and official corruption - problems which have also left many people in
But it seems President Mubarak is showing no sign of relinquishing power. He sacked his entire cabinet and appointed a vice president on Saturday for the first time in his 30 years rule. This development came as more protesters poured out into the streets in defiance of a military-imposed curfew.
President Mubarak himself has not been helping matters with his ambivalent posture. Thinking that this would ease mounting protest, President Mubarak also appointed a new Prime Minister. As if this is not enough, the army imposed a night curfew. All of this is political manoeuvering by President Mubarak, 82, to continue clinging on to power. From the look of things, the people are now recognizing that they have rights and freedoms of choice in the way they are governed.
As a citizen of
That way, he will save Egyptians from violence and unnecessary killings, as already seen happening since the protests began. Waiting until the last minute will do more harm than good to his people, especially women and children, who are the most vulnerable in such situations.
No matter what, President Mubarak should spare Egyptians the shame and trauma of countless killings and looting of innocent people. He should have read the writings on the wall, and note that today or tomorrow he will surely leave the presidential office.
"Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek but a means by which we arrive at that goal."
Martin Luther King, Jr.