Egypt Around the World

We looked at the international reaction to the resignation of Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak has been vilified by Egyptian protesters. But many foreign governments have come to rely on him over the last 30 years. And many foreign officials have mixed feelings about his departure.



It's Monday, February 14th.

After 18 days of demonstrations, Egypt's pro-democracy protesters finally got what they wanted.

Currently... an unelected military council led by a loyalist to the guy they just got rid of.

This is The Current.

PART ONE

Egypt Around the World

The celebrations in Cairo continued through the weekend. This week marks the beginning of a new era in Egypt. For the first time in 30 years, someone other than Hosni Mubarak is in charge. Egyptians in Canada also came out to celebrate the end of President Mubarak's reign. Crowds gathered in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. But what has happened in Egypt inspired angry protests in Yemen.

We brought you some additional tape in this hour. There were protesters on the streets of Sanaa over the weekend. While Egypt is giving hope to the disaffected around the region it's also fueling fears in some parts of the world. Over the years, Hosni Mubarak has been a strong ally to a lot of foreign governments most notably the United States and Israel. And some of them -- Canada included -- were reluctant to embrace the protesters calls for Mubarak to leave. But as the protests got louder critics say Canada fell well out of step with much of the western world as Ottawa continued to support Mubarak's plan to stay until elections in September.

It was a position that Michael Bell found disheartening. He was the Canadian ambassador to Egypt in the mid 1990s. He is now a Senior Scholar on International Diplomacy at the University of Windsor. He was in Ottawa.

We also spoke with Patricia Degennaro is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute. She was in New York City.

Dan Schueftan is the Director of the National Security Studies Centre at The University of Haifa in Israel.

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