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Now King Abdullah of Jordan, stalling for time while he makes his arrangements, has dismissed his cabinet.

Meanwhile, in Egypt, Mubarak no longer has the support of the Egyptian Army, and is presumably wrapping up the last of his official duties: emptying the vaults of the national treasury into a waiting aircraft.

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4 Comments

  1. Kevin Kim says

    Wouldn’t it be nice if this were a democracy-quake? I just don’t see that it is.

    Posted February 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    It might even be, briefly. But even if so, democracy in this region isn’t very likely to head in the direction we want, I’m afraid. I think Iran was the best chance.

    Posted February 1, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Permalink
  3. Malcolm says

    As Daniel Foster succinctly put it over at The Corner just now, “a democracy is only as good as its democrats”.

    Posted February 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Permalink
  4. JK says

    It appears Egyptian Vice-President Suleiman has asked Mubarak for a resignation.

    As for a “Democracy-Quake” and Malcolm’s observation of Mr. Foster’s “a democracy is only as good as its democrats” – it is probably worthwhile to keep in mind the background of Egypt’s VP.

    With so “much” exiting the Middle East – it might be a good idea to keep a close eye on:

    http://www.kitco.com/charts/livegold.html

    Posted February 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink