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Egypt Uprising

03/02/2011 9:00 am

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Day Ten of the mass protests in Egypt. Protesters are seeking to oust President Hosni Mubarak, leader of the National Democratic Party and ruler for the past 30 years.

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Cairo, adopting Tahrir Square as their base, angry at the country's worsening economic situation and a political system that appears to have only benefited the wealthy. Forty percent of Egyptians live on less than $2-a-day.

In the past ten days, scores have been hurt or killed in the uprising with pro-government supporters also out in force on the streets.

President Mubarak has said he won't seek re-election when the country goes to the polls in September 2011. That's not soon enough for the anti-government protesters who have given him until Friday, 4 February to stand down.

In an extended Middle East Analysis, international lawyer and consultant to the Bishops' Conference Dr Harry Hagopian joins us to discuss the uprising and its impact on the region.

"If this sees its way through to a logical end, [resulting in] more democratic governments, more open regimes, more transparent realities, more good governance and more empowerment to the people, I think this will have been an epic moment for the Middle East"Dr Harry Hagopian, Lawyer and Middle East Consultant

"If this sees its way through to a logical end, [resulting in] more democratic governments, more open regimes, more transparent realities, more good governance and more empowerment to the people, I think this will have been an epic moment for the Middle East"
Dr Harry Hagopian, Lawyer and Middle East Consultant

Duration: 12m 30s

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Middle East Analysis: Egypt

In this Middle East Analysis, Dr Harry Hagopian joins us to examine the situation in Egypt. Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Cairo, adopting Tahrir Square as their base, angry at the country's worsening economic situation and a political system that appears to have only benefited the wealthy.   mena-egypt.mp3 5.91 MB