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Friday, February 11, 2011

This from today's Toronto Globe and Mail.. Full quotations rarely appear in this peripatetic journal, but this is...
"Suleiman may have questioned tortured Canadian"
From Friday's Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 9:11PM EST..
"Omar Suleiman – spymaster, CIA ally and heir apparent to Egypt’s throne – has been accused in the interrogation of a Canadian citizen tortured overseas.
The allegation appears in the federal findings from a former Canadian Supreme Court judge, who faulted Canadian intelligence practices for setting into motion a snowballing series of global investigations in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks."
We've made a habit of strange bedfellows though..

Meanwhile, back at the ranch.. tens of thousands are in Tahir Square, at the Presidential Palace and the State Television building.. More are expected to come out again..
This is where the army is going to be a decisive point. The supreme military council yesterday assured the crowd they would 'get what they wanted', which of course included the immediate resignation of Hosni.. That's not the stance they've taken today though. They now say they'll be there to ensure full democratic elections will take place..the demands for democracy will be met.. but rather than have mobs running through the streets, the armed forces will allow the timetable set out by Hosni..
It's completely ambiguous. One hopes is doesn't come to Egyptians shooting Egyptians.
Odds are now, this will be a protracted process as Hosni's pushed out.

And as soon as that, Hosni leaves for his seaside residence, and steps down as Prime Minister.. Now, as the crowds celebrate their victory, the army will step in, with the supreme council administrating..
Omar Suleiman announced, ""In the name of God the merciful, the compassionate, citizens, during these very difficult circumstances Egypt is going through, 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.May God help everybody."
What remains to be seen is how the army follows through with preparations for a general election..
The politicians are speechifying already.. but there are those among those observing that commented on this being very close to a military coup..

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