Egyptian Foreign Ministry officials today ruled out the possibility of a “domino effect” in the wake of the Tunisian rebellion, which saw the nation’s long-standing dictator forced into exile by massive popular protest.
“It is difficult to compare the situation in Tunisia, which led to the popular movement there, with the situation in any other country,” officials insisted. There has been growing speculation that what happened in Tunisia would in fact inspire comparable revolts against the other dictators across Northern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.
Former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei warned that Egypt could well face a “Tunisia-style explosion” in the coming days. ElBaradei declined to back such protests, a move that spawned criticism from other opposition figures but was likely intended in no small measure to keep him out of prison.
Officials say that Barack Obama called Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to reassure him of US support. According to reports, Obama, whose administration nominally supported the Tunisian rebellion after the fact, told them he prefers “calm” in the region rather than revolts.