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January 28th, 2011
05:39 PM ET

Video: Who would fill Egypt's power void?

If Hosni Mubarak falls, who might fill the vacuum in Egypt? Would extremists get stronger? CNN's Brian Todd reports


Filed under: 360° Radar • Brian Todd
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  1. J.V.Hodgson

    From a vox populi perspective Mubarak is making all the wrong moves. Appointing his intel chief as Vice president and an Army guy as prime minister... what a joke.
    The point is whoever comes in to power as in Tunisia eventually, I hope, must:-
    1) Have no connection with the now Mubarak government or have opposed it in some way.
    2) Unravel the power and financial power structure he has created thru family, friends and cromies.
    3) Maybe some Imam needs to issue a fatwah telling him to resign, and repent his sins.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:59 am |
  2. Mario Salzmann

    On Egypt,
    In order to avoid more violence, and a prolonged stalemate, part of the solution in Egypt could involve the following:

    1. have the recently named VP assume temporarily the role of President;
    2. bringing forward to May-June the elections now slated for Sept;
    3. Have those elections administered by the international community with the UN playing a major role;
    4. Negotiate a quick exit for quick Mubarack so that he can go into exile
    5. Once a new President is elected, establishing a Truth Commission to investigate human rights and other abuses. This also would encourage reconciliation and a peaceful transfer of responsibility to civil society

    Hopefully such a solution will ensure a peaceful transition of power and reduce the present level of violence

    January 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  3. Amir

    If this is the attempt to bring democracy to Egypt I'm all for that. On the other hand we saw what happened in Iraq. As soon Sadam was gone they started fighting each others and agree only in one thing : to kill Americans ! I'm afraid the best beneficiary of all this are fundamental Islamic groups like Al- Qaeda!

    Democracy yes. Terrorism NO !

    January 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  4. Tamer

    Who CAN fill the void?
    (plz publish my comment coz I am Egyptian)
    Amr Mossa, Ex-secretary of state.
    Kamal El ganzoori, Ex-Prime Minster.
    Mohamed Elbradei.
    Ahmed Gwely, an ex-minister.

    January 29, 2011 at 1:14 am |
  5. Name

    Plz stop overestimating the extremists?Mubarak crushed them and everything around them. The Muslim brotherhood some like fox news still refers to as a terrorist group and most of these people are professional judges, doctors, and Engineers and they have been away from violence for decades.Even they have been persecuted by Mubarak's regime.
    The US has to choose betn its selfishness and its core principles here!!!!!!!!!!

    January 29, 2011 at 12:51 am |
  6. Dina Britain

    The scary thing is that there is no one eligble for that position. Mubarabk made sure of that. He jailed Ayman Osman for several years for daring to run for the presidency. And this is the kind of president the US is still supporting, please give a break!

    January 28, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
  7. Egyptian Citizen

    I am 28 year old male and Mubarak has been in power more than I have been a live. While on the other hand America had 8 years of Reagan, 4 years of Bush I, 8 years of Clinton, 8 years of Bush II, and 2 years of Obama. I would like to ask the American citizens if that seems right to support our hard earned dollars with a dictator like mubarak.

    January 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
  8. Vaughn Johnson

    A moratoriom govt. would be the best now, if there was agreement. Problam is there is no wanting of one specific person or party.

    January 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
  9. Vaughn Johnson

    This is certainly a fine line to walk. On one hand, we have our government trying to keep peace with the gov. in place now in Egypt. The other is if the Mubarak administration could transition power to another in their place, well, maybe. Of course the last thing we would unintentionaly want to do is condone a regime that supresses the Democracy that has been in place for 50 some years. The world literaly does not need what Nassar did in the 50s in the Suez now.

    January 28, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
  10. Paul Ernest Show

    America and Western nations should engage in a balancing act with Egypt and Mubarak. Alienating and offending Mubarak can the worse policy we ever pursued. He can successfully crack down on Egyptians and turn into one of our worst enemies, on the other hand, our old, foreign policy of supporting repressive regimes simply because they protect our interests, is selfishness on our part, and should be abandoned. The risk with Egypt is the fact that we might support protesters who are being sponsored by our enemies, and push Egypt into the hands of Islamic fundamentalists.

    January 28, 2011 at 7:31 pm |

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