Somalia’s Elections: Failed illegal power usurpation and the way forward
Reactions from across the world to the events in Egypt was indeed very uplifting, especially as pictures of joy and celebrations from protestors at Tahrir Square in the heart of Cairo were broadcasted live on various parts of the world.
To the western policymakers, this should be a lesson to heed on that the beginning of the end of dictatorship in the Mideast has begun and the tidel wave of democratic change will sweep the region.
The vice-president of Egypt, Omar Suleiman, has delivered the announcement on state TV, saying "President Hosni Mubarak has decided to step down from the office of president of the republic and has charged the high council of the armed forces to administer the affairs of the country."
What a momumental victory for the people of Egypt! The resignation of former president Mubarak will have a resonance across the Arab world, but a feeling of uncertainty in the region goes along the joyous mood in the air.
From the American side, Senate majority democratic leader, Harry Reid has put out this statment:
"I am pleased that President Mubarak has heard and heeded the voice of the Egyptian people, who have called for change. It is crucial that Mubarak's departure be an orderly one and that it leads to true democracy for Egypt, including free, fair and open elections. We caution all sides against violence during this transition, and we will be watching the situation closely. We wish the Egyptian people the best in their next steps toward determining their own future under a democratic process."
From the Israel side, the government of Nethanyahu is anxious for many reasons, including the security issues that Egypt has helped to benefit mutually for both countries under the reign of Husni Mubarak.
On the Hamas front, a senior official has put that the relations between Egypt and Palestine will improve, adding:
"There is no clear picture about the new government, but it will be controlled by the army to begin with. We are hoping to benefit."
Mona Seif, an Egyptian blogger reacted in the following:
"Today we fulfilled our promise to those who died."
The Al-Arabiya, the Saudi channel, is reporting now that the higher military counsil is to sack both the parliament and cabinet in the next 24 hours.
The monarchy in Saudi Arabia has not formulated its official position on what is unfolding in Egypt, the biggest Arab nation in the region.
The European Union had also reacted to the new development by saying that Egypt has opened to deeper reforms in the efforts to address the overarching issues that confront the Egyptian society.
Keydmedia will continue its coverage on Egypt and beyond.
The current Somali government, whose mandate ended, came to power with the expectations of massive reforms in institutional and development settings. President Farmajo completed his term in office without paving the way for consensus-based elections; instead, he messed up the growing Somali institutions and the trust-building processes.