» “The conditions for candidacy”: News broke early this hour that ten candidates for the Egyptian presidency, among them the Muslim Brotherhood’s Khairat al-Shater and former Mubarak-era spy chief Omar Suleiman (who’s intention to run sparked heavy protest), have been barred from appearing on May’s presidential ballot. Egypt is still under the sway of a ruling military council, which has been the source of much criticism since the fall of the Mubarak government last year – officials gave no concrete reason for this move, besides the ten not meeting the aforementioned “conditions of candidacy,” and said they’ll have 48 hours to appeal the decision.
» Why did that happen? Simply put, the stock market liked the fact that Mubarak said he was giving up much of his authority in Egypt to Omar Suleiman – not enough for protesters, but apparently enough for money managers. ”The moment Mubarak said he would be giving up duties to his vice president, the market said it was a good thing and rose,” said Michael Holland, whose company manages billions in funds on the market.
He offered a vaguely worded delegation of power to Vice President Omar Suleiman, long after everyone in Egypt had stopped listening. It is virtually impossible to conceive of a more poorly conceived or executed speech.Foreign Policy writer Marc Lynch • Scoring the speech at home and saying the obvious. We could have made a better speech than Hosni Mubarak, and we suck at public speaking! That’s why we use the internet! Lynch notes that the speech from Omar Suleiman was as damaging, if not moreso than Mubarak’s, because it inextricably tied an unpopular figure to his potential successor – especially since he implicitly blamed Al Jazeera for his problems. “It solidified the already deep distrust of his role among most of the opposition and of the protestors,” Lynch wrote, “and tied his fate to that of Mubarak.” From here, things will only get worse for everyone involved – especially the United States, who have a hard game of chess ahead, and the protesters on the ground, who may grow more unruly and already have a protest planned for tomorrow. source (via • follow)
I call on the youth and the heroes of Egypt: go back home… do not listen to the satellite television stations whose main purpose is to fuel sedition… only listen to your own conscience.Egyptian vice president OMAR SULEIMAN. • Is he fucking kidding? (via inothernews) • Screw that guy. He’s a jerk. Wael Ghonim needs to kick his ass.
Hey Egypt, your strongest ally is yelling at you. Here’s why. See, Egypt has this emergency law in place that allows them to detain protesters and other folks they don’t like without charge. And the United States doesn’t like this. Especially in the wake of comments that vice president Omar Suleiman made about the country not being ready for democracy. It also doesn’t help that he suggested that the government might step in to quell the protests. What does the U.S. think? Well, a few things, which they released in a statement today. First – Stop screwing with protesters. Second – Rescind an emergency law that allows the government to detain anyone for any reason. Third – Broaden the dialogue to allow opposition voices. And finally – Invite the opposition to the bargaining table. This hard line was needed before Suleiman was around, guys. Why did this guy get the golden ring, anyway? He’s terrible. source
We wanted the president to step down but, for now, we accept this arrangement as long as we feel there is a serious implementation.Muslim Brotherhood senior leader Mohamed Saad El-Katatni • Revealing comfort with allowing Hosni Mubarak to stay in power of Egypt during a transition period. He said this after sitting down at a giant table with Vice President Omar Suleiman and other opposition leaders. The Muslim Brotherhood, currently barred from running in elections, joined the opposition late, eventually saying it shared their goals. source (via • follow)
» Update: There are conflicting reports on whether he actually stepped down from his party or not. We’ll keep you posted when we learn more.
If I want to know what is going on in the Middle East, I talk to Suleiman. And as far as I know, he has always told me the truth.Former President Jimmy Carter • Never fearful to weigh in on current events, Carter claimed that he’s had more useful interactions with the newly-appointed Vice President of Egypt, Omar Suleiman, than with his boss, saying that Hosni Mubarak talks “like a politician.” Carter also guessed that Mubarak “will have to leave,” a sentiment that might be a cold comfort for the Egyptians who want neither Mubarak, Suleiman, nor anybody positioned in the current regime to be left in power. source (via • follow)