Arab rulers watch unrest for signs it’s contagious

Conditions of discontent widespread

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In an effort to avoid the same fate Mr. Ben Ali suffered, rulers of some Arab nations, such as Jordan, have sought to address the grievances that have brought their people out into the streets.

Earlier this week, Jordanian King Abdullah II fired his prime minister and his entire Cabinet. The opposition dismissed the step as cosmetic and continues to call for curbs on the king’s powers.

People in the Arab world are watching developments in Egypt with much excitement because for the first time in their modern history, they can bring about real change, Mr. Elmenshawy said.

“The phrase ‘Yes, we can’ has just been introduced into their political dictionary for the first time,” he said.

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Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.

Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.


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