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Local professor weighs in on where Egypt is heading

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Egyptians demonstrate in Cairo. Egyptians demonstrate in Cairo.
Military leader addresses country after President Mubarak resigns. Military leader addresses country after President Mubarak resigns.
Rockford College Professor Bob Evans Rockford College Professor Bob Evans
Cairo celebrates President Mubarak stepping down. Cairo celebrates President Mubarak stepping down.

ROCKFORD (WREX) - As news spreads about Egyptian President Mubarak's resignation, people in the U.S. and Rockford react.

"Every Egyptian person is very happy today," says an Egyptian-American man from New York.

"I'm very happy, very happy today!"

Even as people celebrate, many wondering what's next. President Mubarak stepped down after 30 years in power and put the military in charge. But Rockford College Political Science Professor Bob Evans says that doesn't mean democracy can't happen.

"That's a pro-western, very western oriented army with very good relations to the United States. So if the military controls the transition to elections in September and keeps the peace it would be very good for the region," says Evans.

He says if there is continued unrest in Egypt that could mean threats to our national security.

"The government has been a pro-western government so we've been had less troubles with terrorism and extremism in Egypt and the stability of Egypt is really important to the whole region," says Evans.

He speculates the outcome of the uprising could spark other countries in the mideast to take similar action. Something Vice President Joe Biden is already pushing for.

"I say to our Iranian friends let your people march, let your people speak, release your people from jail, let them have a voice," says Biden.

"People find out democracy don't solve all your problems but at least you have a say in what's happening," says Evans.

Elections in Egypt were originally scheduled for September. It's unclear if the military will stay in charge until then or move up the date.

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