Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak is battling for power in Cairo, Egypt’s capital. Riots and protests, which are calling for Mubarak to resign and end his 30 year regime, are spreading through Egypt’s major cities. The protests are not fading with violent clashes between protesters, the army and the police with a clear message being sent to the President, to resign and for a new reformed Egypt. The protests have been sparked by the uprising in Tunisia which led to a revolution. Many Egyptians feel that the same should happen within their country and for Egypt to become a country founded upon democracy and social justice.
President Mubarak refuses to quit and wants to hang on to his leadership. He has also appointed Omar Soliman as vice president. This is the first time since 1981 that Egypt has a Vice President, illustrates the trouble Mubarak’s regime is in. Barack Obama, the President of the United States, has urged his ally to make changes and reform and allow for there to be greater freedoms and opportunity in the country. America has a lot of invested interest in Egypt and in the Middles East, although Mubarak regime is autocratic it staves off Islamic extremism. Many believe that these protests may involve the Muslim Brotherhood but it is reported that they play a small part in it.