14/02/2011 9:00 am
Hosni Mubarak, former Egyptian President and leader of the National Democratic Party has stepped down after 30 years in charge. In an extended Middle East Analysis, Dr Harry Hagopian, international lawyer and Middle East Consultant to the Catholic Bishops' Conference looks back on an extraordinary weekend for both Egypt and North Africa as a whole. Egypt may have been at the epicentre but the ripples of the uprising have reached from the Palestinian Authority to Algeria.
Dr Harry Hagopian said:
"This is really an epic moment for the whole Middle East North Africa region, and I don’t think many people realise that, after a century of basically quiet submission to the will of the regimes in those countries, suddenly it seems like the people have woken up. Things are moving so fast that the term ‘breaking news’, which we constantly see on our TV channels, for once applies, because it really is breaking news every minute every day.
"The initial spark that set off this whole movement began with Tunisia in early January when a street vendor, Mohammed Bouazizi, set himself on fire...”
Dr Hagopian talks about:
· the origins of the events
· the interplay between religion and politics
· where the region is going
· challenges for Coptic Christians and local Christian communities
· the future for the region
Duration: 18m 49s
The podcast can be downloaded/played at the top right-hand corner of this page.
Dr Harry Hagopian's website.