While there was much speculation that Hosni Mubarek would resign tonight, he just announced that he was staying for the transition through September elections.
There will be more on this later, but the highlights of his speech were to lash out at foreign interference (“we are not a satellite state”), to insist that the Egyptian Constitution be followed and amended, that the transition be orderly, with an emphasis on his own history living through Egypt’s most important moments in the recent past.
Listening to the speech, I wonder how out of touch he may be with the younger generation. Mubarek’s persistent references to Egyptian independence and struggles reminds me of when an American politician invokes the struggles of World War II or the Cold War. If you didn’t live through it, and many of the Egyptians in the streets either were not born or were young children during the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s in the Middle East, it just sounds stale.
Things will be interesting. I can’t imagine the situation will stay stable until September.