Yet another entry..

...in President Mubarak's recent attempts to explain how little power he actually has. At a meeting with writers and intellectuals earlier this week (he has one every year before the Cairo Book Fair), the president was asked some "direct" questions about democratization and the concentration of power in the presidency. According to Masr Al-Youm newspaper, he answered that: "The power is in the hands of the Prime Minister; the President plans for things or issues instructions for their implementation." Just an administrator at the beck and call of the Prime Minister. (Thanks to Adel)
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Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.