Mubarak has gone but mass protests continue

Egyptian working class needs to arm itself with a programme of extreme democracy, writes Eddie Ford

The achievement of the first goal of Egypt’s popular uprising - the removal of the hated dictator, Hosni Mubarak, from power - is something we can only welcome. Mubarak was clearly intent on remaining president until September - and then for an indefinite period as the power behind the throne to oversee the “orderly transition” that imperialism craves. Hence his typically arrogant appearance on state TV on February 11, claiming he was “delegating” some of his powers to the vice-president, Omar Suleiman. But within 24 hours Mubarak was gone - forced out by the militant resistance and anger of the masses in Tahrir Square and elsewhere throughout Egypt. Nor did the equally hated Suleiman end up as Mubarak’s replacement - he went too, if less dramatically.

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