So far, as I predicted, Mubarak is pushing for new economic and political reforms, moving people towards more productive state of mind, while not succumbing to the tyranny and totalitarianism of the “Muslim Brotherhood”
Posted on | February 1, 2011 | 6 Comments
So far Mubarak is getting the message. He is removing from his government members of the oligarchy, who went too far with their diabolical looting (pretty much like the U.S. oligarchy). He is trying to get a grip of the situation by changing people’s frame of mind from looting towards clean up, as I wrote just a couple of days ago, should have been done.
What he needs to do now, is announce large projects, that will provide jobs to thousands of unemployed, who have nothing to do, lots of time on their hands, and who are rioting. He needs to announce large scale public housing projects for poor families. Construction projects require a lot of labor, he will be able to employ a large number of these rioting men. He need to announce these projects in smaller communities, close to farm lands and move these unemployed rioting men from the large metropolis of Cairo and Alexandria. He needs to bring new people into police and security to deal with looters.
He needs to re-vitalize agriculture and hydro amelioration. These projects are labor intensive, it will improve his unemployment figures.
For centuries Egypt was know for it’s high quality cotton. He needs to revitalize the textile industry, which will employ many women, who are now under the influence of the Muslim brotherhood, hiding behind the burca and paranja and perpetually bare-feet and pregnant. Moderate Muslim countries should help now, by announcing help in large purchase agreements of Egyptian Cotton, spices, flowers and other produce.
He needs to deport many foreigners, who were agitators and instigators and who are taking the jobs from the locals. He needs to push for secularization and education campaign, explaining to his populace that a big part of their economic plight, their economic misfortune, is the influence from the radical Islam, which promotes polygamy, where women are often not educated, not employed and treated as birthing machines, which created huge families, that the husbands are unable to support. He needs to show them examples of dire poverty in Iran, so that the citizens will know, where they will end up, if they follow the Muslim brotherhood.
If mubarack moves towards those labor intensive projects swiftly and decisively, he might be able to get a grip of the situation. If not, we might be staring at Iran 2, the sequence.
CAIRO — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak swore in a new Cabinet on Monday, replacing one dissolved as a concession to unprecedented anti-government protests.
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In the most significant change, the interior minister – who heads internal security forces – was replaced. A retired police general, Mahmoud Wagdi, was named to replace Habib el-Adly, who is widely despised by protesters for brutality shown by security forces.
Still, the new Cabinet is unlikely to satisfy the tens of thousands of protesterswho have taken to the streets in cities across Egypt the past week demanding nothing short of the ouster of Mubarak and his entire regime. As news of the appointments broke, thousands massed in the protest’s epicenter, Cairo’s central Tahrir Square, broke into chants of “we want the fall of the regime.”
“We dont recognize any decisions Mubarak has taken since Jan. 25,” Mostafa el-Naggar, a supporter of prominent reform advocate Mohamed ElBaradei, referring to the first day of the protests. “This is a failed attempt – he is done with.”
Mubarak announced the dissolving of the previous government late Friday, naming his intelligence chief and close aide Omar Suleimanas vice president and former Air Force general Ahmed Shafiq as prime minister. But protesters immediately rejected the move as an attempt by Mubarak, Egypt’s authoritarian ruler of nearly 30 years, to cling to power.
The new line-up of Cabinet ministers announced on state television included stalwarts of Mubarak’s regime but purged several of the prominent businessmen who held economic posts and have engineered the country’s economic liberalization policies the past decades. Many Egyptians resented to influence of millionaire politician-moguls, who were close allies of Mubarak’s son, Gamal, long thought to be the heir apparent for the presidency.
In the new Cabinet, Mubarak retained his long-serving defense minister, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi – and gave him an additional title of deputy prime minister – and also kept Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit.
But for some posts, Mubarak brought in new blood by naming figures who hold widespread respect in their fields. For example, Gaber Asfour, a prominent literary figure, was named culture minister. He replaced the longest-serving Cabinet member, Farouq Hosni, who had held the post for more than 25 years. Also, Egypt’s most famous archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, was named state minister for antiquities, a new post.
State newspapers on Monday published a sternly worded letter from Mubarak to his new prime minister, Shafiq, ordering him to move swiftly to introduce political, legislative and constitutional reforms.
He also appeared to distance himself from the economic policies directed by his son Gamal, widely blamed for causing a wide gap between the rich and poor, for whom economic hardships have deepened. In the letter, Mubarak urged “new economic policies that give maximum care to an economic performance which pays heed to the suffering of the citizens, and lightening their burden.”
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