President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt resigned his post and turned over all power to the military on Friday, ending his nearly 30 years of autocratic rule and bowing to a historic popular uprising that has transformed politics in Egypt and around the Arab world.
The streets of Cairo exploded in shouts of “God is Great” moments after Mr. Mubarak’s vice president and longtime intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, announced during evening prayers that Mr. Mubarak had passed all authority to a council of military leaders.
I rather suspect that the protesters will be longing for the good old days of Hosni before long. Let’s hope I’m wrong.
Question: Was this actually a deft play by the military to deaden opposition to them stepping in? In other words, was Mubarak’s speech yesterday – which defied all the rumors circulating before hand, with him retaining his title – actually designed to generate public support for the military takeover? Notice that today there are no chants of “civil, not military”.
Color me suspicious.
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