As you've no doubt already seen, President Hosni Mubarak refused to step down in his latest speech to the Egyptian people:
Mubarak announced that he had put into place a framework that would lead to the amendment of six constitutional articles in the address late on Thursday night.
"I can not and will not accept to be dictater orders from outside, no matter what the source is," Mubarak said.
He said he was addressing his people with a "speech from the heart"
Three quick thoughts:
In any event, be sure to check out Blake's exclusive interview with Mohamed ElBaradei from earlier today. Even before Mubarak's announcement,he seemed appropriately skeptical:
FP: So you don't have any confidence that [Vice President Omar Suleiman] can be the steward of a democratic transition?
MB: No. I don't have any confidence. The process is completely faulty, the way I see it. They don't understand, let alone are willing to move Egypt into democracy, unless we keep kicking their behinds.
And that's what happened. You saw Mubarak's first statement was saying, "We'll give you a new government" -- same old, worn-out tactics. A new government but no change of policy and the same people from his own party. They were kicked out and they said they would change the Constitution to allow more people to run. They got kicked out again and then they would say, "Well, Mubarak will not run." Then they abolished the whole leadership of the party.
It is not the sign of a regime, or whatever's left of it, that is ready to buy into real change. They are talking, again, to the established parties who have no influence, have no credibility in the street, most of them. The people who staged that revolution are not sitting around the table. The young people are not sitting around the table.
Check out the whole thing.
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