Egyptian opposition to achieve president’s resignation
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 4 / Trend EA.Tagiyeva /
The Egyptian opposition will seek the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak and fight anyone trying to prevent their efforts, Editor of the Egyptian Al-Ahram newspaper Sherif Shubashi said.
"The people and the opposition do not intend to refuse from its principles," Shubashi told Trend over the telephone.
He also stressed that many countries, including the West and the United States, have expressed their respect and appreciation and support to the Egyptian people in their struggle for their rights.
The most massive anti-governmental protests took place in Egypt and other Arab countries over the last decade. Thousands of people in different cities all over the country went into the streets calling for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak and to dissolve the parliament. Fearing a Tunisian scenario, Egyptian authorities dispersed the protesters with tear gas. Following two days of riots, over 1,000 demonstrators were arrested. Roughly 150 people died and more than 400 people were injured during the riots.
Later on Jan. 28, Mubarak announced the resignation of the government and promised on Saturday to form a new cabinet.
Last week, Mubarak made a statement that he promises not to run for a sixth term as president in the upcoming September elections. During the period remaining for the transferring of power, the Egyptian president has promised to carry out fundamental political reforms, including the review of Articles 76 and 77 of the constitution, concerning the procedures for nominating presidential candidates and the terms of the presidential office.
However, the opposition is still dissatisfied with promises of the president and continues to demand Mubarak's immediate resignation.
Shubashi compared the demonstrations taking place these days in the land of pyramids, with the revolution in Egypt in 1919. "We will achieve to change government and power as we made in those years," he stressed.
The Egyptian revolution of 1919 was a national revolution against the British occupation of Egypt and Sudan. Thanks to the revolution, the British in 1919 expelled revolutionary leader Saad Zaghoul and other members of the Wafd Party from the country. As a result, the United Kingdom in 1922 recognized the independence of Egypt and in 1923 adopted a new constitution.
Shubashi said whatever measures Mubarak takes he cannot avoid dismissal.
"The goal of the opposition is to conduct peaceful demonstrations. We do not want to increase the number of victims," he added.