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Fifty words bring the end of 30 years

‘In the name of God the merciful, the compassionate, citizens, during these very difficult circumstances Egypt is going through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to step down from the office of president of the republic and has charged the high council of the armed forces to administer the affairs of the country. May God help everybody.’
The words of the Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman was simple and expected. As I can remember BBC presenter was saying ‘The rule of 30 years has come to the end by 50 words’.

The fourth and fifth topic of Twitter‘s world trend list is now about Egypt and Mubarak. People of this world have discovered the power of Social Media in last few weeks. From Tunisia the revolution of social media has reached to Egypt and peaceful revolution is now complete by stepping down of President Hosni Mubarak.
According to media report, Mubarak’s administration tried to restrict the use of social media site like Twitter. I have read this in a blog where the blogger also wrote about the ways to get access of Twitter even when Mubarak’s administration was not allowing that.

Several days ago I was discussing the reason of Middle East unrest with the experts and academics of our country. There was a common idea about Tunisia that leaked cables had fueled and increased people’s anger. Social media had carried the message not only about misrule but also about the way to get rid from that.
I asked the experts about the probable affect of Middle East in Bangladesh. I wrote a report that Bangladesh was not in risk to be directly affected. I should mention here that our opposition leader is threating our government to learn lesson from Middle East unrest. Former Foreign Secretary Shamsher Mubin Chowdhury and Dr. Delwar Hossain, Professor and Head of the International Relationship Department of Dhaka University also said, ‘Those governments who do not have the good record of democratic practice should learn the necessity from the unrest.’
But M Waliur Rahman, former Ambassador thinks that the ruling system of Egypt is different with Bangladesh. We have a democratic and elected government. So there is no chance to be affected.
I asked about the probable affect of Middle East turmoil in bilateral relationship and labor market. Mr. Chowder, Hossain and Rahman- all said, ‘there is no chance to be affected by Egypt scenario’. One of them expressed concern about the Muslim Brotherhood. But tonight when media is telling that Egyptian Army command is in power, then we should hope that it will be just only for a limited time. We should expect that army will help the people to get their long expected democracy and freedom.

But so far, the fall of Mubarak’s regime is the wicket number two, if the first one is Tunisia. And credit should go to Social Media.


February 11, 2011 - Posted by | Foreign Affairs, International, Media, National, Peace, Political | , ,

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