During Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak’s days, people always complained that public faces didn’t change as some men stayed in ministerial posts for more than two decades and some editors-in-chief of national dailies and heads of public companies remained in their posts for over a quarter of a century. Prime Minister Atef Sedqi remained in his post for nine years while Ahmad Nazif only remained in his post for six years. The situation is now different since the era of revolutions began, no cabinet has lasted for one whole year. It’s become difficult for people to recognize the names of ministers, mayors and heads of commissions. During the days of Mubarak, the case was described by his supporters as a means towards stability while his opponents described it as stagnation. After “ousting” him, there aren’t plenty of supporters for anything. Despite that, those who sympathize with the situation describe it as political activity while those who oppose it, and who now have a headache as a result of the changes that don’t really change anything on ground, describe it as chaos.
The most recent change Egypt witnessed was the formation of the cabinet of Ibrahim Mahlab. Mahlab’s history is distinguished but now, and only few weeks after assuming higher authority, he has to confront everything his predecessors confronted. All previous prime ministers confronted great challenges but electricity is perhaps the most threatening one for the prime minister and for the entire cabinet. Power has started to go out in the area of Mahrousa for a few hours every week then it started to go out for around four to six hours daily. Since 90 percent of Egyptians, rich or poor, depend on electricity for lighting, preserving food and watching talk shows, its outage creates a new revolutionary situation.
Fledging bout of optimism
There is a tough choice to be made: either power goes to factories, farms and transportation or it goes to the peopleAbdel Monem Said