One way or another, the 30-year rule of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak will be coming to an end this year. If, as we must all hope, the transition out of the Mubarak era is not to be accompanied by a complete bloodbath, then any successor regime must include the energies of the present massive opposition movement, which is one that unites secularists and Islamist parties.
Their central demands have been that Mubarak leave office and that an accountable, democratic government replace his autocratic rule.
Attainment of that first goal will take place this year, in one way or another. Attainment of an accountable form of government looks harder, but still on balance quite probable—provided, of course, that Mubarak’s thugs get reined in very soon.