"As Long As There Is In My Chest A Heart That Beats"
Mubarak wants to remain president until he dies
He told an assembly of dick heads, known as the Egyptian parliament, "I will continue with you the path of transition to the future, bearing the responsibility and burdens of it, as long as there is in my chest a heart that beats and I draw breath."
The dick heads errupted in a standing ovation.
Political analyst Mohamed el-Sayed Said, deputy director of the al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies, said: "The language that he used is the language you use when you say I'm staying in power until I pass away."
Do we really need a "political analyst" to figure this one out??? But thanks anyway Mr. Said.
Mubarak is 78, and nobody knows how long he will keep his heart in that chest of his and keep the breathing going. According to the W.H.O. life expectancy among males in Egypt is 66, so Mubarak is doing very well (compared to the rest of us). The highest life expectancy in the world is in Japan (82) and the good life that Mubarak has lived would probably put him up there with the Japanese. Realistically, the guy has been president for 25 years and even if he lives till he's a hundred years old, there will come a time when he will need some help, most likely from his son Gamal who will eventually take over.
My problem with this is that Mubarak's policies during the past 25 years turned Egypt into a fucked up place and was directly (or indirectly) responsible for the rising trend of Islamic radicalization. Gamal will follow the footsteps of his father (the corruption and human rights abuses and all the rest of it) which means that we are in deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep shit.
Mubarak also said today that he would propose changing the constitution to make it easier for the opposition to seek the presidency. I dont know what this is supposed to mean for anyone who would want to challenge Mubarak the son, but there is an admission here that the last presidential elections were constitutionally dodgy.