Memri - The Popular Uprising in Egypt in Search of a Leadership
"Thanks to the possibilities afforded by modern communications and internet technology, the Egyptian youth managed to stage mass demonstrations and force Hosni Mubarak to abdicate power without first forming a solid leadership to steer their campaign and present their demands. Hence, the Egyptian protest movement is currently in search of a leadership that will preserve the achievements of the uprising and champion the cause of reform.
Since the start of the protests, on January 25, 2011, several groups have emerged that claim to represent the protesters. Some are made up of public figures of the old guard, such as the Committee of the Wise, which met with vice president 'Omar Suleiman before Mubarak's resignation to state its demands. Other groups, such as the Coalition of the Youth of the Revolution, comprising members of Egypt's popular opposition movements and young internet activists, are gaining momentum. These movements, identified with Egypt's younger generation, refused to be represented by the existing parties or to parley with vice president Suleiman prior to Mubarak's resignation; following his resignation they took their demands to the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces. Since the dissolution of the parliament, numerous movements and political streams have taken steps towards forming political parties.
This report is an overview of the main groups and organizations emerging as representatives of the Egyptian public."