Today, the big story in Egypt is about clashes between pro-Mubarak supporters and the protesters that have been in place since the start of the Egyptian rioting. It’s a face off between the status quo, and the coalition of groups, religious and otherwise.The Mubarak supporters have been quiet up until now, but are suddenly worried after the president said he would not run for reelection in a speech last night.
Why are they worried? Many of them may be employed by the regime that’s on its way out.
The Public-Government sector is Egypt is massive. As of 1998, it employed nearly 30% of the population, according to the Egyptian centre for Economic Studies. It’s uncertain what the status is today, but it’s likely to be similar, as there haven’t been dramatic reforms.
While that may not seem like a dominant force, it likely is in Cairo. It’s the capital of Egypt, and many of the country’s state agencies are located there.
With a corrupt government like Mubarak’s, it is likely individuals have spent a great deal of time currying favour with the current regime. While they might accept that President Mubarak is going, they’re unlikely to be happy about a total regime overall that would bring in a new ruling elite.
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