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An Alternative to ElBaradei? + Mubarak Supporters Make Some Noise

The Post is reporting that Amr Moussa, secretary-general of the Arab League, could be a contender for the presidency of Egypt. This idea is reported to be coming from UN sources.

Moussa has already been Egypt’s foreign minister and was Egypt’s ambassador to the US during the first Gulf War. According to the Post, he’s got “much better name recognition inside Egypt [than does ElBaradei] and enjoys a much better relationship with Mubarak,” a point that could now prove to be a liability (although one never knows; see below). His term at the Arab League expires in two months.

And in the Never Assume department, the Post is reporting that thousands of Egyptians turned out to march in support of Mubarak last night following his announcement that he would not seek reelection. In Alexandria, clashes broke out between Mubarak supporters and anti-government protesters. In the posh Cairo neighborhood of Mohandiseen, “[s]everal thousand people outside Mustafa Mahmoud Mosque…waved Egyptian flags and carried a large printed banner with Mubarak’s face. Many passing cars honked in apparent support.”

This ain’t over till it’s over, folks.