US backs Mubarak’s cling to power
Ain’t that just lovely! Days ago, they were calling for the immediate transition of power to a ” more democratic government. ” Now they support a dictator openly!
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has voiced her support for embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, alleging that his early exit could raise electoral complications.
Mubarak may need to stay on longer than many of his opponents want in order to ensure elections succeed, Clinton said on Sunday.
“We’re going to try to work with a lot of like-minded countries around the world to offer whatever assistance we can,” she said.
“We have experts in holding credible elections, we have experts in writing constitutions.”
“This is important, to look over the horizon. You don’t want to get to September, have a failed election, and then people feel … what was the point of it?” she added.
Speaking to reporters on the way back from international talks on Egypt in Germany, Clinton stressed that the timetable of Mubarak’s departure lies with the Egyptian people.
For the past 30 years, Egypt has been not only a crucial US partner in the Middle East, but a linchpin in Washington‘s strategy for a future Israeli-Palestinian agreement.
Washington gave Cairo USD 1.3 billion in military aid and USD 250 million in economic aid in the 2010 fiscal year.
Clinton backs Mubarak’s stay at a time the Egyptian army fires into the air to disperse protesters in the capital’s Liberation Square amid continuing demonstrations against the unpopular president.
Millions of Egyptians have for two weeks taken to the streets across the country to call for the ouster of the Mubarak regime. More than 300 people are estimated to have been killed since the protests began.
- Obama Mubarak: Egyptian People Play (socyberty.com)