Barely an hour has passed since Mubarak's departure, and the religious tensions in the middle east are already starting to flare up. First up: the Jordan Muslim Brotherhood has immediately taken advantage of a vacated podium and said that what happened in Egypt should be a lesson to all Arabs. While hopefully nobody will be able to hijack the success of the Egyptian people, one wonders just how heavily the various Middle Eastern regime are sweating tonight...
From Dow Jones:
Jordan's powerful Muslim Brotherhood said Friday Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's decision to step down should be a "lesson" to all Arab regimes.
"Arab regimes should learn a lesson from what happened. All Arab peoples suffer from the corruption of their regimes," Jamil Abu Baker, the movement's spokesman, told AFP. "Mubarak's departure should have happened from the start. It is natural after his oppression and corruption. Congratulations to our people in Egypt."
Abu Baker said the group is in "touch with Muslim brothers in Egypt."
"We are listening to their views although they are busy now," he said.
Many Jordanians flocked to the Egyptian embassy in Amman to celebrate.
Elsewhere, Al Arabiya reported that the Swiss foreign ministry has announced that all of Mubarak's assets have been frozen. That, of course, excludes all the gold that Mubarak has with him. Notably, however, Switzerland refuses to indicate how much money was frozen.
Switzerland has frozen assets possibly belonging to Hosni Mubarak, who stepped down as president of Egypt on Friday after 30 years of rule, a spokesman for the foreign ministry said.
"I can confirm that Switzerland has frozen possible assets of the former Egyptian president with immediate effect," spokesman Lars Knuchel said, declining to specify how much money was involved.
In recent years, Switzerland has worked hard to improve its image as a haven for ill-gotten assets and has also frozen assets belonging to Tunisia's former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali as well as those of Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo.
Where is Hosni by the way?