Military rulers assure democracy and civil rights

Posted By: Biswajeet Panda
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Hosni Mubarak
Cairo, Feb 13: What is effectively an army meant to do? Is it just to fight wars and be another form of the perpetrators of violence albeit on ethical grounds or also to ensure that they are committed to safeguard the civil society and ensure that peace prevails. Just as the Egyptian army.

The new military regime of Egypt has assured the nation that they do not intend to rule and remain committed to civilian rule and democracy. In another move to reassure allies like the USA and Israel, it has said that they would respect all treaties signed by the Mubarak regime.

However, the role of army in ensuring that an otherwise defiant Mubarak relinquishing the President's office notwithstanding, some protesters at Tahrir Square have decided to stay put until the military top brass accepts their agenda for democratic reforms.

Autocratic regimes across the middle hood though have been quick to praise the peaceful transfer of power and the role of army in it, have also been thinking on their feet about survival strategies.

According to reports, the army has also asked the cabinet members of Mubarak regime to not to flee the country a move aimed to ensure that misbegotten wealth doesn't move into unknown territories.

US President Barack Obama said, "This is not the end of Egypt's transition. It's a beginning. I'm sure there will be difficult days ahead."

Mubarak ruled the African nation for 30 years, before protests broke out towards the end of Jan 2011 which eventually forced the 82-year old to quit.

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