A wired group of young activists has embraced the power of the internet to get Egyptians out onto the streets to demand the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. But can they work with an older generation of opposition figures to direct the change?
Exactly a week after Egyptians took to the streets demanding that President Hosni Mubarak resign, protesters are gathering for a “march of a million” on Tuesday in a sign of growing cohesion and organisation for a popular movement that has stunned the world, grabbed headlines and raised more questions than answers.
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In the absence of designated leaders or speakers, the unprecedented protests are simply being looked at as a popular uprising by the people of Egypt after 30 years of tyranny.
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A turning point for the opposition movement came when ElBaradei, the former head of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency, arrived in Cairo from his home in Vienna last week. But although he is an internationally recognised and respected figure, ElBaradei has spent more time abroad than in his home country in recent years and now has more credibility on the international policy circuit than on the Egyptian street.
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Mindful of the West’s distrust of the Islamist group that spawned hardline figures such as al Qaeda’s Ayman al-Zawahiri and the threat it poses to the 1979 Egypt-Israeli peace accords, the Muslim Brotherhood has been careful to allow ElBaradei to the lead the way.
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Joined by other dissident figures, such as Ayman Nour – who came a distant second to Mubarak in the 2005 presidential elections – and Osama al-Ghazali Harb, the new coalition has been holding a series of meetings over the past few days to iron out a platform for change, according to a New York Times report.
Date created : 2011-02-01