Friday, January 28, 2011

Mubarak MIA?

President Mubarak, originally scheduled to speak on television around 6pm local time, has not been seen or heard from. No one is quite sure where he is, or whether he's still in charge. Commenters on Al-Jazeera have said they'd be surprised if he lasts the week in Egypt.

Having followed these protests since they first began a few weeks ago, it has been an unbelievable day for both Egypt and the Middle East. Today has seen the breakdown of order in the capital, the police joining with protesters, burning the NDP party headquarters, invading the State Television Headquarters, and making President Mubarak's speech so irrelevant as to not warrant delivery. Business elites are fleeing the country by private jet, Gamal Mubarak is out of the country along with his family, and commenters have opined that the National Democratic Party is over in Egypt.

The coming hours will see even more changes and surprises. Stay tuned. This is just the beginning.

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