Egyptian President Mubarak’s Speech – 1 February 2011

Marwa Rakha
Posted February 2, 2011 from Egypt

When I first listened to President Mubarak's speech, I was moved almost to tears at the sight of this old defeated man pleading with his people, reminding them of his years of "servitude" and his patriotism. I think he choked on a few words when he was talking about his desire to die on the soil of Egypt!

I have to admit that the speech is very well written; it has a strong emotional appeal yet at the same time preserves the image of a toppled president holding on to his dignity. But upon examining it closely – thanks to Wael Abbas – you will realize how slippery and tricky the choice of words is. This is a hollow speech that promises very little to the Egyptian people!

Mubarak said that 2 clauses in the constitution will be changed; two clauses relating to the terms of presidency! What happens to the Emergency Law? What happens to the autocracy of a centralized leadership? What happens to the judiciary system and its lack of independence? What happens to the stifled voice of the press?

Another question: from now until September when the "president-sans-legitimacy" steps down what would become of Egypt? More theft? More vandalism? More corruption? What if he changes the constitution in a way that forever hinders fair elections? What happens to his network of corruption? The big thieves will have a golden opportunity flee Egypt and to take with them whatever their hearts desire from our national wealth! What happens to Habib El Adly – Minister of Interior from the ousted cabinet – this is the criminal who is behind the death of more than 300 protester, behind the death of Khaled Said and Sayeb Belal, and behind an infinite number of torture victims at the hands of thugs and police officers! What will happen to this man?

What happens to the current Minister of Information – Anas El Fikky? This is the man who treats Egyptians like his private mushroom ranch; he has kept us in the dark and fed us bullshit! He is the man behind the clampdown on freedom of speech, freedom of press, and media independence! He is the person behind the poor performance of the Egyptian state TV and the ridiculous coverage of major events in Egypt!

What happens to corrupt business men who have successfully monopolized our national resources? What happens to Aisha Abdel Hady, Minister of Manpower and Migration? This is the woman who was pictured kissing the hands of Susanne Mubarak! She is still in charge of the humiliation of Egyptian workers domestically and abroad!

What happens to the notorious Safwat El Sherif, Speaker of the Shoura council? This is the man who managed to plant a seed of corruption in whatever government body he took charge of – since the 70s!

What happens to the current parliament? The current make-belief People's Assembly? The forged elections and their anything-but-representative figures?

I was hoping that Mubarak's speech would address those points instead of brainwashing Egyptians into more submission! I was hoping to hear a clear apology about the media blackout, the clampdown on information, and the lack of transparency!

Dear President Mubarak, I have not had my closure yet!

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  • William
    Feb 02, 2011
    Feb 02, 2011

    Dear Marwa, thank you for risking to write the article about the government of Egypt. It's tragic that the people who are "ruling" the African continent see no further than their own bank account balances and loving the feeling of superiority that power over others affords. While there are several exceptions, this corruption seems to be the usual way of doing business, doesn't it? I know that India is run the same way, so must assume where there is no true democracy, with an independant judicial system, power and bribes rule. I know change doesn't happen in any culture overnight and maybe that's a good thing, but it seems that everyone wants a better standard of living. Health care for their children, education, stable food sources don't seem too much to ask for to me. Marwa, keep writing, keep the world informed. That may be the first step for change.

  • Cynthia Bishop
    Feb 02, 2011
    Feb 02, 2011

    Dear Marwa,

    For us in the US, it is becoming more apparent that Mubarak has hidden behind a democratic lie, and has been leading a government which is as corrupt as most on the African continent. I have been watching the violence erupting in Cairo all day/night. It is frightening to see from half way around the world. I can only hope that change will come through the most peaceful means possible, and that a true democracy will prevail. I hope you are safe, and respect you for your bravery in boldly posting this powerful article. Thank you for this story.

  • Thais Moraes
    Feb 02, 2011
    Feb 02, 2011

    I want to thank you and congratulate you for your courage on posting this great article! Very informative and engaging. It is very interesting to read in more depth the views from someone who is from Egypt, instead of the mainstream Western news agencies.

    I also want to congratulate the Egyptian people for your bravery! It is very exciting to see how widespread popular discontent can trigger this kind of movements and how the people power can actually make a difference! I also read that the protesters rejected Mubarak's speech. This is awesome, as it shows that they were not fooled by Mubarak's empty words!

    Go Egyptians! I am very far away but I am cheering for you!

    All the best - with love, peace and solidarity,

  • Amei
    Feb 02, 2011
    Feb 02, 2011

    Your blog is great... I am now able to read some of your articles. Well done Marwa

    In admiration Amei

  • Marwa Rakha
    Feb 03, 2011
    Feb 03, 2011

    Thank you so much for reading my post and for your supportive words!

    Egypt is indeed going through a very tough phase ... I am very hopeful that we will all come out stronger and more united to build our new democratic country!

    Marwa Rakha My Website: www.marwarakha.comFacebook Page:

  • K-lee Starland
    Feb 03, 2011
    Feb 03, 2011

    I, too, have been keeping close tabs on the Egypt situation from this USA side of the world. My prayers and hopes for a prosperous and peaceful future are with you and the people of Egypt each and every day.

    Thank you for posting this information.

    Love K-lee

  • Feb 10, 2011
    Feb 10, 2011

    I want to congratulate the Egyptian people for their peaceful demonstration that has gotten them on step closer to their individual independence. I am so proud of them for their persistence and steadfastness to arrive at a peaceful conclusion that will impact their future.

    I wish them much luck and wisdom in choosing a government that will be beneficial to each and every person in their journey through life.