January 31 to February 4, 2011

– Change of prime minister in Jordan (Changement de premier ministre en Jordanie)
02/02/2011 – L’Humanité

The Hashemite monarch plays prudence against popular protest and sacrifices his head of government to replace him by Marouf Bakhit, his former military advisor, in charge to conduct « real political reforms ».

– Egypt opposition rejects the offer of dialogue and demands the immediate departure of Mubarak (Egypte: l’opposition rejette l’offre de dialogue et exige le départ immédiat de Moubarak)
03/02/2011 – El Watan

The Egyptian government has started discussions on Thursday with « national forces » to try to « find a solution to the current crisis » in Egypt, while the National Coalition for Change (opposition party) has ruled out any dialogue with the government before departure of President Hosni Mubarak.

– The Arab world at a tipping point?
02/02/2011 – Al Jazeera

Many of the conditions that explain the riots in Tunisia and Egypt are present in other Arab countries. Frightened, their leaders try belatedly to improve the conditions of living of their people to save their regime and avoid an uprising. The protests are not motivated by religious slogans, but a rejection of authoritarianism, corruption, poor governance, and submission to American strategic priorities. Egypt is at a crossroads. If leadership dominated by the business elite remains in power, the troubles will continue. Popular forces, including the Muslim Brotherhood, can not continue to be excluded from the political arena. It is hoped that the transitional government will do the right thing by opening the political arena to all political forces.

– Yemen: massive demonstration of opposition for a change of regime(Yémen: manifestation monstre de l’opposition pour un changement de régime)
03/02/2011 – La Libre

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched Thursday in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa to demand a change of regime, in spite of concessions announced, under pressure from the street by Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. President Saleh, in power for 32 years, had announced Wednesday renouncing to seek re-election and made concessions to the opposition.

– Bouteflika promised to lift the State of Emergency! (Bouteflika promet de lever l’Etat d’Urgence!)
03/02/2011 – El Watan

Algerian President Bouteflika announced Thursday that the lifting of the state of emergency will occur « in the very near future.  » The government is responsible for the preparation of legal texts that will allow the state to continue the fight against terrorism with the same « efficiency ». President Bouteflika believes however that the state of emergency « at no time hindered a pluralistic political activity of the richest, nor upset the course of intense campaigns.