Conditions Left over by the Mubarak Regime

Conditions Left over by the Mubarak Regime

A -The state of deterioration and degradation Egypt sunk to in the era of Mubarak and his corrupt coterie is no secret. Corruption became the system, an integrated, comprehensive system that subverted political, economic, social, cultural and scientific and all other aspects of life in Egypt. 

This is the bitter harvest of the successive governments of that regime, which brought  

Egypt to a state of collapse and failure that affected all areas and all levels: political, economic, social, cultural and scientific etc. Suffice it to say that about 2000 businessmen grabbed 24% of Egypt’s national income – the equivalent of 200 billion Egyptian pounds – while more than 20% of the Egyptian people – according to the most optimistic statistics – lived under the poverty line. Meanwhile, the number of unemployed was more than 9 million mostly young people, when some senior ‘employees’ were paid more than two million pounds per month.

Also, more than 8 million Egyptians are infected with Hepatitis "C", 10% of Egypt‘s population suffer from diabetes, and 29% of children in Egypt are anaemic. Further, patients with renal failure and cancer increase annually by 100 thousand cases. Furthermore, the estimated number of illiterate people exceeds 26% of Egyptians. Drug addicts, among young people, are about 16%. None of the Egyptian universities came anywhere amongst the top 500 universities in the world.

Moreover, Egypt ranked number 129 out of 134 countries in the quality of pre-university education. Public debt topped one trillion pounds, payments on which reached 63% of total public revenues of the state in the budget of 2010/2011. Also, the Egyptian regime’s addiction to usurp power by forging the will of the people in all elections was notorious. The regime’s human rights record was shameful, with daily violation of human rights as well as life and dignity of the Egyptians, by physical assault and verbal abuse, torture in police stations and the various headquarters of State Security, as well as detention, imprisonment and political arrests of tens of thousands of Egypt’s patriotic youths – determined to serve their country – for decades without fair trials.

"The number of detainees in President Mubarak’s reign exceeded 100 thousand detainees; that ranged from 3 months to ten years imprisonment with an average of 50 thousand years of the lives of Egypt‘s youth behind bars." The humiliating decline in Egypt‘s status and its role regionally and internationally went so far that Egypt was supplying the Zionist occupiers of Palestine and Jerusalem with gas and oil, at the cheapest below-market prices, while Egyptians were in bad need of the same. We blockaded and antagonised freedom-fighters in Palestine. We failed in managing the Southern Sudan issue and the Convention on the NileBasin

Our national security was in danger, even in the depths of Arab and African realms… 

Our social security position was no better. Divorce rate exceeded 50% of marriages, because of poverty, unemployment and notoriously corrupt personal status laws that led to the distraction of young people away from marriage. This led to a high rate of bachelorhood and spinsterhood for more than 11 million young men and women, while rates of illicit relationships increased just like the high rates of the resulting illegitimate births.

What a deep dark abyss this corrupt system dragged us into?! What enormous efforts and huge endeavours we need to complete the process of liberation and cleansing of the system and to start construction and development?!

Nevertheless, all this does not lead us to despair or frustration. On the contrary, it is a motive, an incentive for us to be firm as real men in our resolve, and to launch forth together like fearless heroes. We are confident of the prodigious potential of our great people and its resolve and determination, forbearance and endurance, production and creativity, some which was in evidence in the January 25 revolution. We believe that in this nation’s wealth of civilization remains much more of what will be a source of admiration, even inspiration for the whole world.

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