Mubarak has suggested that he will never willingly step down. In 2006, he told Egypt’s Parliament that he would continue to serve “as long as there is in my chest a heart that beats and I draw breath.” … One part of the system that has sustained Mubarak in power is Egypt’s Emergency Law, which has been in effect since 1981, the year he became President. The law has been used to jail thousands of people without charges. Public gatherings of more than five people without prior official permission are illegal.
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 5, 2010
Length: 20 minutes (5,152 words)