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Mass Street Protests in Egypt - by Stephen Lendman
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An August 2009 C ouncil on Foreign Relations Steven Cook report headlined, "Political Instability in Egypt," saying:
Facing possible instability, (m)ost analysts believe that the current Egyptian regime will muddle through its myriad challenges and endure indefinitely (with) enough coercive power to ensure" it.
It's also "entering a period of political transition. President Hosni Mubarak is (81) and reportedly" ill. His (46 year old) son Gamal "is evidently being groomed to succeed him." However, the "process could prove difficult."
"Thus, while Egypt on the surface appears stable, the potential for growing political volatility and abrupt discontinuities (ahead) should not be summarily dismissed."
Cook suggested two possible scenarios:
-- contested succession resulting in military intervention; or
-- "an Islamist push for political power."