Hosni Mubarak has been president of Egypt since 1981 which makes him among the world’s longest lasting head of government. He has ruled in an authoritarian manner by denying the right of others to gain power in government. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been banned from running for office, and it is not uncommon for editors to be arrested because they express views which cast any criticism of Mubarak. Egypt’s ruling party would up its annual conference with extensive discussion regarding the future of the National Democratic Party. Gamal Mubarak, son of the president, insisted his party was in good shape and refused to discuss his own future.
The worse case scenario for Egypt is for Gamal Mubarak to take over from his father. Egypt needs democracy, it needs new ideas, it needs new leadership, and it needs a leader who can energize the economy and draw upon the nation’s able young people. Continuing the same old men in leadership is not a recipe for innovation.