Egyptian Military and Mubarak's True Power

Friday, February 11, 2011

Egyptian army soldiers guard the national television building after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's February 10th speech to the nation, in the early hours of February 11, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. (John Moore/Getty Images/Getty)

Egypt's autocratic leader, Hosni Mubarak announced his plans to remain president of Egypt, yet, more and more voices begin to consolidate power both inside the government, and outside its walls. Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei tweeted out, "Egypt will explode. Army must save country now," in response to Mubarak. Furthermore, some reports suggest Egypt's Army is deeply divided over how to deal with Mubarak. The question now is, how much longer can Mubarak count on the military’s support? 

For the answer we hear from Scott Shane, national security reporter for The New York Times. Zachary Lockman, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and History at New York University also helps analyze events.


Zachary Lockman and Scott Shane

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

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