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Tension remains in post-Mubarak era

01-26-2012 09:04 BJT

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As we've seen, on the one-year anniversary of the popular anti-government protests in Egypt, tensions remain high. So what is the next step for building a stable political system in Egypt?

Behind the celebrations, military rulers and protesters still disagree on the best solution to end the country’s chaotic politics.

A demonstrator waves an Egyptian flag next a poster of former President Hosni Mubarak
(C) and Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi (L) during a protest marking the first
anniversary of Egypt's uprising at Tahrir square, in Cairo January 25, 2012.

The military has declared the day a national holiday. The message is that it supported the anti-Mubarak protests, and that the time for what it calls revolution is over.

But protesters demand the realization of the rest of their demands. And they fear the military is dragging its feet.

Mustafa Kandil, member of the 6th of April movement said: "The cancer is corruption. Whether the corruption is in the media, the military, the committee the SCAF everything. Corruption, corruption is the cancer. We need to remove corruption and start building a new system for everything."

But each of the country’s new power brokers have their own plans on how to commemorate January 25th. Just like their plans for the country’s future. It’s broken and hazy.

They are divided about whether the military should hand executive powers to the parliament, a president or to a council of civilians.

Many are even concerned whether the newly elected cabinet can represent the interests of all Egyptians.

Dr. Hala Mustafa, editor in chief for Al Ahram Democracy Review said: "Most of the non-Islamic political forces and movements feel that they are marginalized. They are left out and they are not represented whatsoever."

The feeling prevails that to make a stable political system is not as easy as to break one.

It now remains to be seen if Egypt’s military rulers will listen to the demands of protesters or whether this anniversary will further heighten tensions.

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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