Egypt: A Need for Reconciliation?

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Protesters watch Egyptian president Hosni Mubarek give a speech on a projected television screen in Tahrir Square February 1, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. (Getty)

While rejecting calls for his immediate ouster, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak agreed not to seek reelection in the planned September elections. A new government is all but guaranteed in the region, but will the country's transition to Democracy be peaceful? Columnist for the The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof, reports from Tahrir Square, where he saw aggressive pro-Mubarak demonstrators and says he is concerned that there may be clashes between them and pro-Democracy demonstrators.

Saad Eddin Ibrahim, human rights activist and Wallerstein Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Drew University says that Mubarak is not to be trusted. He has been a major critic of the regime for many years and has seen the effects of a repressive regime first hand.


Saad Eddin Ibrahim and Nicholas Kristof

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

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