KCBS Radio and other media outlets continue to turn to Saint Mary's politics professor Hisham Ahmed for insight into the political unrest in Egypt. Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets over the past week and are calling for President Hosni Mubarak to step down. Although the Egyptian president, who has been in power for three decades, announced he would not seek re-election in the fall, protesters continue to demand he leave office immediately.Click here to read the Bay City News story "Getting Out of Cairo: One Bay Area Woman's Story."
The Saint Mary's politics professor points to the Egyptian president's political and personal failings as the root causes for the state of unrest in the country. "Mubarak has ruled over Egypt for the past thirty years, relying on so much political, economic and social corruption. In effect, he has turned the country into a family business and was preparing to hand down rule to his son, Jamal. So Egypt has been sitting on top of a volcano for many years. Therefore, it comes with no surprise that the people of Egypt have had it with this regime, especially after they have witnessed what happened in Tunisia."