Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Hosni Mubarak speaks to his peasants .

Gail and I have been taking an interest over the turmoil in Egypt at the moment. This is not just because of our shared interest in current affairs but because we have booked a holiday starting on the 21st September at Marsa Alam in Egypt. Friends have already teased us over the disruption in Tunisia, one of our holiday favourites, and we have told them that we have not booked for Tunisia this year. We proudly told our friends that we have booked for quiet, stable Egypt in September. Now the situation in Egypt has changed and mirrored the mood of Tunisia. We are not bothered and are looking forward to our first holiday in Egypt this September.

Last night, Hosni Mubarak gave a speech on television and it made me smile for two reasons.

One: "My primary responsibility now is security and independence of the nation to ensure a peaceful transfer of power in circumstances that protect Egypt and the Egyptians and allow handing over responsibility to whoever the people choose in the coming presidential election.

I say in all honesty and regardless of the current situation that I did not intend to nominate myself for a new presidential term. I have spent enough years of my life in the service of Egypt and its people." - The new presidential term will start in September, I do not know the actual day but we are going to Egypt on the 21st September! New president and new clothes, what new country will we experience as tourists? Time will tell.

Two: "I direct my speech today directly to the people, its Muslims and Christians, old and young, peasants and workers, and all Egyptian men and women in the countryside and city over the whole country." - Laughing out loud Hosni, calling some Egyptians "peasants" is a little strong! Can you imagine David Cameron calling some British voters peasants? No, but I could imagine the Mayor for London making the same faux pas as Hosni Mubarak!
i think you should go to Syria or Yemen they prepare for revolution and they are in need for your help.
Maybe Lebanon where there have been some radical changes within government. Also Morocco (where we have holidayed twice) has a similar political situation to Egypt and Tunisia. My vote for the next popular uprising has to go to Morocco as their ruling monarch has been on his throne rather a long time.
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