Egypt News: Leaders Resign from Party, But Not Presidency; Protesters Meet PM; U.S. Officials Back Power Transition

Update: On Sunday, Nobel Peace laureate and opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei criticized negotiations between the Mubarak regime and representatives of the opposition. Reuters reports:

"The process is opaque. Nobody knows who is talking to whom at this stage," ElBaradei, the former head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, said on NBC's "Meet the Press."


"It's managed by Vice President Suleiman," ElBaradei said. "It is all managed by the military and that is part of the problem."

ElBaradei said he has not been part of the negotiations.

"I have not been invited to take part in the negotiations or dialogue but I've been following what is going on," he said."

Meanwhile, representatives of the protests who participated in the meeting were also dismissive, according to the New York Times:

The opposition groups, a disparate array that has no central leadership but has unified around the demand for Mr. Mubarak’s ouster, swiftly dismissed the government’s claim of progress as mere propaganda. Brotherhood leaders said they were meeting with Mr. Suleiman — the intelligence chief who has become the public face of the Mubarak government — only to reiterate the movement’s demands and show they were not refusing to talk.


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After nearly two weeks of explosive protests which have rocked the foundation of Egyptian life and government, not to  mention the Arab world the immediate future remains uncertain. Updates from Egypt protests, twelve days in:

  • A small delegation of protestors met--but did not negotiate--with  Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq to informally discuss how to end the impasse in Tahrir Square en delsewhere on the streets, as protesters double down until they see Hosni Mubarak step down. Read the full story at the Associated Press.
  • They are much closer than they previously were to getting their wish. According to news agencies like Reuters and the BBC, a slate of leaders have stepped down from their positions in the country's ruling political party but the elder Mubarak has not stepped down from power. Read the story at Reuters.
  • President Obama has officially endorsed a transition headed up by Gen. Omar Suleiman, who aided and abetted our program of rendition. According to the New York Timesthe United States and other Western powers appear to have concluded that the best path for Egypt — and certainly the safest one, to avoid further chaos — is a gradual transition, managed by Mr. Suleiman, a pillar of Egypt’s existing establishment, and backed by the military."

As always, Al Jazeera is live-blogging tonight's events in Egypt and is providing incredible live reporting from around the country. Watch here:




AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at February 5, 2011, 5:35am