|Felucca Ride on the Nile, Cairo|
We moved from the Canadian Hostel near Tahrir Square to the Cairo Inn, a few blocks up the street to Talaaq Harb Mitra. It is right in front of the headquarters of one of the thirteen political parties emerging as a result of the recent revolution in Egypt. Existing registered parties are mostly small. The Muslim Brotherhood is the best organized group, but it remains to be seen how popular it is with voters. New election rules are supposed to be ready in 10 days. As part of a transition to democracy, Egyptians will vote in a referendum on the amendments prior to parliamentary and presidential elections which is expected to take place in six months.
This week has been coined “Victory Week” and in the evenings we have not choice but hear the music from the loud speakers from across the street. As I write this post, Umm Kulthum, widely regarded as the greatest female singer in Arab music history, streams her tunes into our room. The only respite is the curfew at midnight.
Banks, schools and the stock market are still closed and tomorrow, a million people are expected to show up on the streets for a “Victory March” to celebrate Mubarak's ouster. It will be one more day of crowds and noise but we are happy it is empowering the people on the streets.