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  •  Mubarak Should Step Down And Hold Free Elections (2+ / 0-)
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    mickT, erratic

    immediately.  This is the only way to bring real democracy now.  He has to do this to avoid the country becoming unstable.  There should be a new constitution where you can only be president for a limited time.  This is the only way that Egypt can become a real democracy.

    •  See, what's wild is, if Mubarak steps down, (1+ / 0-)
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      who will hold the free elections? There is actually significant logistical complexity in holding free elections, and it requires some serious infrastructure. Same goes for writing a new constitution.

      I think that the best think that Mubarak could do, for the good of Egypt would be to announce
      _that he was immediately releasing all political prisoners, and calling on police and the military to ensure and protect the safety of protestors. The military would be asked to protect sites of national importance, including museums, cultural heritage sites, and gov't buildings.

      _All restrictions against political parties and political expression were ended, effective immediately, and the state would support all democratic initiatives, only intervening when there was a clear danger of violence or destruction of property.

      _All restrictions on the internet were lifted effective immediately.

      _The UN, allies, and NGOs were invited to collaborate with Egypt to ensure fair elections, and the safety and well-being of Egyptians during the transition period.

      _That Mubarak took responsibility for the people's discontent with the government, and would be abdicating power in 3 months. All elected officials would be required to participate in free and fair elections, and acts of intimidation, corruption, and deception would not be tolerated.

      _in those 3 months, he would focus on
      1-discussions with the other political parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood, on how to collaborate to ensure that free and fair elections were held.
      2-Make all efforts to ensure that social programs benefitting the poor were continued and enhanced, as well as programs of local and national importance.

      "When Siddhartha has a goal, he does nothing. He thinks. He waits. He fasts. He goes through life like a stone through water."

      by erratic on Fri Jan 28, 2011 at 07:20:54 PM PST

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      •  Good ideas, erratic, (1+ / 0-)
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        but I don't think the Egyptians trust Mubarak enough to give him 3 months, and for good reason. However, someone like ElBaradei might agree to a 3-month transition during which he would implement all of the rest of the items on your outline, but who on the side of the protesters would have the power to agree for them?

        Tax cuts for everybody, but no EXTRA tax cuts for the rich.

        by RJDixon74135 on Fri Jan 28, 2011 at 07:49:44 PM PST

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        •  that's the core issue (1+ / 0-)
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          the revolution is easy, what comes next is the hard part...

          "When Siddhartha has a goal, he does nothing. He thinks. He waits. He fasts. He goes through life like a stone through water."

          by erratic on Fri Jan 28, 2011 at 09:46:27 PM PST

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