Egypt Update: 22 FEB Tuesday

Well, life for OUR family was more of the same ole, same ole…..BUT the Chief of the Military Council finally came on the air and made a really long-winded statement in which he said that he accepted the resignation of the Cabinet. He’s not stepping down. The military has no desire to extend the military rule, etc. and blah blah blah the presidential elections will be completed by July….2012. Yeah. So, people not happy. Whatever.

I can kinda see his point on one hand. I mean, you don’t just hand over the country prior to elections and just hope for the best. There is no government here other than the military council. Things seemed to have calmed down a bit in Cairo the last time I checked the news stations a couple of hours ago. My eyes started to get that donut glaze over them and I was hearing Charlie Brown’s teachers voice “Wah, wah, wah, wah….wah, wah…”
so I changed the station and let the kids watch Rush Hour while I did the dishes.

Alexandria is a mess. Not where we live….but across the city mainly in Samouha district (where my cardiologist is.) The police vans were firing huge tear gas cans into the crowds in a downward angle from the mount on the roof of the vans. People are being shot in the head and eyes with rubber covered bullets. It’s been pretty bad according to the reports. Camera-wise in Alex, they seemingly only have one street covered (Al-Jazeera International.) They announced on State TV that a curfew is in effect and no one can be on the streets after 6 pm but you know how much anyone is respecting the police right now. It’s 11:34 pm and I just got home from grocery shopping. My husband and one of my son’s went to the gym to work out. S.S.D.D.

Ultimately, you can’t go from a dictatorship to a democracy in a relatively short amount of time. It requires a lot of building and change and trust. At present, the supreme high court has announced that the announcement by the military last week that they will not be overseen by civilian leadership and that the military funds are not going to be accounted for by civilians, etc is either constitutional or unconstitutional. I don’t know. You have a neighbor who doesn’t have television but does have 4 kids under the age of 10 stop by to catch up on the news and the whole house goes nuts and you end up missing a word here and there. I’ll let you know when I play catch up. Also, elections are still scheduled for 28 November. We shall see. I’m tired and need to go make a late supper for my weight-lifters before they get home. Peace out.

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