Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Egad Gamal

If you can't be overtly angry at the father then at least you can subvert the son. That is the current story in Egypt, where iron-fisted monarch (sorry, democratically elected president) Hosni Mubarak is grooming son Gamal to take over in 2011.

Father Mubarak is a strong man in a divided country, having ruled for 28 years in the wake of the assassination of Anwar Sadat. Son Mubarak has the claim to fame of somehow getting into the Top 100  — seemingly for the possibility that he might become Egyptian pres — when Time Magazine considered its 2009 man of the year.

The WD guess: he wins the election and proposes reasonable and necessary reforms which (in a reaction to a bit more freedom than they had during his father's reign) lead his (father's) enemies to spark enough trouble to cost him the country within a year or two.

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