The Figurehead Steps Down

by Patrick Appel

Amy Davidson reacts to the news:

[P]eople didn’t want Mubarak as a powerless figurehead; they didn’t want him at all. Why weren’t the protesters satisfied with thatwith letting Mubarak be the pretend president, while someone else had the actual power?

Among her answers:

If someone who isn’t president was acting as president, what would that say about the rule of law? How would they even know that Suleiman, rather than some generals, were the ones making the decisions? That would move them farther from the goal of accountability, not closer. Why turn the presidency into a sham institution at precisely the moment when they wanted democratic institutions to have meaning?