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February 10, 2011

What? Egyptian Abanssador Claims That All Presidential Power Has Been Transferred to Suleiman and That Mubarak Is Therefore... Out?

Mubarak is out?

Mubarak is... out?

So what was that speech all about? I guess some kind of face-saving? Seems kind of risky to put a country on the edge of revolution because you're too proud to admit you've been deposed.

This is just what the Ambassador is saying; he could be wrong. He could be spinning for Mubarak (who still signs his checks).

Not sure.

Interesting: stuiec commented on how (no judgments) Mubarak was playing an interesting hardball game of just wearing the protesters out.

This could be a new gambit along those lines: Just lie to people and say he's out of power. The crowd is confused but maybe appeased, and disperses. Meanwhile, Mubarak continues to run things.

By the time people figure this out (maybe never -- Suleiman is Mubarak's man anyway) the furor will have died down and maybe people won't care as much.

Interesting strategy.

Meanwhile, in Russia, supposedly Putin stepped down from power years ago.

Analysis: A guy on CNN just said he's sure it's not the case that all power has been transferred. He didn't say how he knew this. I suspect that too -- if that were the case, the ambassador wouldn't keep on insisting that Mubarak had no power and yet was still president. I mean, if you're not president, you're not president. Pretty simple.

He furthers said the question is whether some or most power was transferred, but who cares? The protesters don't. And I'm sure it's only some in any event.

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