Sunday, 13 February 2011

Tunisia's Ben Ali is gone, Egypt's Mubarak just went, just wonder who will be next

A tyrant's exit. A nation's joy

It has to happen and finally after much persuasion from his own people the man who ruled Egypt for close to 30 years had finally resigned his President ship and passed the baton to the military in transition to a hopefully democratically elected New Government.

Egyptians wake up to the dawn of a new era without Mubarak

Egyptians write a new chapter in history after 18 days of mostly peaceful protests succeed in ousting the country's dictator for the last 30 years.

Read more here.

Hosni Mubarak: Timeline

14 October 1981
Vice-President Hosni Mubarak is sworn in as President eight days after his predecessor, Anwar Sadat, was gunned down by Islamist militants at a parade in Cairo.
26 June 1995
Mubarak survives an assassination attempt in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.
5 October 1999
Mubarak wins a fourth term, and appoints a new prime minister after the government resigns.
March 2005
The Kefaya (Enough) Movement stages protests across Egypt against Mubarak's rule.
11 May 2005
Egypt introduces contested presidential elections, but opposition parties complain that strict rules still prohibit genuine competition.
27 September 2005
Mubarak wins Egypt's first contested general election, a process which is marred by violence. He is sworn in for his fifth consecutive term.
19 November 2006
Mubarak declares that he will remain President for the rest of his life.
26 March 2010
Former UN nuclear agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei announces he would consider running for the presidency if reforms on power were introduced.
27 March 2010
After gallbladder surgery in Germany, Mubarak returns to Egypt to reassume his full presidential powers.
25 January 2011
Inspired by the ousting of Tunisia's President Ben Ali on 14 January, thousands protest across Egypt demanding Mubarak's resignation. It is called the "Day of Wrath".
29 January 2011
After deploying the army in an attempt to control the widespread protests, Mubarak sacks his cabinet and names intelligence chief Omar Suleiman as Vice-President. He refuses to step down.
1 February 2011
One million Egyptians march through Cairo demanding Mubarak's immediate resignation. Mubarak announces he will step down when his term ends in September.
3 February 2011
Mubarak tells reporters he is fed up with being in power, but thinks chaos will ensue if he steps down now. About 300 people have been killed in the unrest, according to UN figures.
5 February 2011
President Obama asks Mubarak to listen to the protesters demanding his resignation. Mubarak removes his son from a senior post and invites opposition groups to negotiate reform. They are dissatisfied with the concessions offered.
10 February 2011
Egypt's army commander addresses Cairo's Tahrir Square, saying "everything you want will be realised". After mounting speculation and reports that resignation is imminent, Mubarak refuses to step down.
11 February 2011
After 18 days of protests, Mubarak finally leaves office.

After the fall of the Mubarak regime in Egypt and Tunisia's Ben Ali's before that, the question that begs to be answered is who will be next? With rising unemployment and spiralling food prices in the Middle East, my guess will be as good as any one, but I strongly suspect that Yemen is showing the symptoms will be next in line. 
I think the leaders of many US backed regimes in the Middle East will be shaking in their pants seeing how fast events can turn to oust a dictatorship. Lets just see as history unfolds shall we. 

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