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Jul 16, 2011

The Slow Implementation of Protestors’ Demands

The Egyptian Revolution of January 25th has succeeded in removing the corrupt regime of Hosni Mubarak. However, since then, the political reform that the protestors demanded has been slow. Their demands include the removal of all politicians who cooperated with the previous regime. Also, the process of investigating and the trials of previous high governmental officials have been moving at a slow pace. As a result of this, the young revolutionary groups and nearly all political groups have participated in the million protestors movement on July 8th. The protestors demanded the resignation of Isam Sharaf, the prime minister, as well as the head of the Egyptian Supreme Military Council, General Tantawi.

Thousands of protestors remained in Tahrir Square, vowing to continue resisting the military demands to end their protest because it is endangering the Egyptian economy. The protestors group in Suez even threatened to block the Suez Canal until their demands are met. At the same time, the military council responded with a clear warning that they will not permit any attempts by the protestors to threaten Egypt’s security. They also made it clear that they are still the ultimate authority and will not tolerate the idea of being pushed aside. They have stated clearly that the election of members of parliament will take place, then the Shura Council, to be followed by the election of a president. Afterwards, a new constitution will be drafted on schedule. After the elections, the military council will transfer their authority to the newly elected government.

In the meantime, the present authority will continue its investigations and trials of the previous members of the Mubarak regime and promised that their trials will be open to the public.

While the protestors are determined to stay in Tahrir Square, it was announced by the local press that Yehya al Jamal resigned from his position as deputy prime minister. For the past couple months, the protestors have demanded his resignation. Furthermore, the press has speculated that between 7 and 13 ministers who were connected to the previous regime will be replaced by new ones. This led the protestors to end the blockage of entrances to government buildings in Tahrir Square so that government business could take place.

Still, it is the sixth day of continuous protests in many cities such as Cairo, Alexandria and Suez, which has led to clashes between the protestors and some hoodlums. This has caused the injury of more than 30 people in Tahrir Square.

These hoodlums are followers of the previous regime and it has been stated that they are paid to create instability for the present authority to justify the return of the ex-regime to power again. Such a desperate attempt, regardless of who is behind it, will never succeed. The Egyptian Revolution of January 25th, which was supported by the vast majority of the 85 million Egyptians, will prevail and ultimately the young protestors will achieve their goal. It is a peaceful revolution that the whole world has recognized. It has been classified as among the ten most important and influential people revolutions that have taken place during the last 400 years.

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