Egypt Jan. 31, 2011

Update to the new Egypt page.

Juan Cole on the state of play in Egypt Jan. 31, 2011.

The first three paragraphs from his post:

“Million-Person March Planned as Elbaradei made Opposition Leader

Posted on 01/31/2011 by Juan
Protesters in downtown Cairo on Monday morning were calling for a general strike. On Tuesday, they said they will launch a ‘million-person march,’ clearly with the aim of toppling the Mubarak government.

On Sunday, a multi-party coalition of oppositionists had formed a 10-man committee to head their movement. The leader of the committee, in turn, is Mohamed Elbaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Elbaradei came down to Tahrir Square in the city center and addressed the thousands assembled there, to rapturous applause.

He repeatedly demanded Hosni Mubarak’s resignation. .

The Muslim Brotherhood is among the parties in the coalition backing Elbaradei. Their leadership may feel that having a secular person as the face of the movement will cut down on the fears of budding theocracy and threats of Western intervention.”

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