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NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Monday, January 27, 2014

The people of Egypt have achieved nothing

Egypt's caretaker president Adli Mansur has announced new parliamentary and presidential elections. Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi apparently wants to run for the office of president. Three years after the revolution the people have not achieved much, the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad observes: "Back then the army was in control of the country, and it is now. ... The constitution that has been adopted by a large majority underpins above all the power of the army, which has huge economic interests. ... If Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is soon elected president, the power of the army will be endowed with democratic legitimacy. The question is how the new president and parliament will deal with this situation. And whether Tahrir Square in Cairo will be flooded with insurgents in a couple of years, or even much sooner."

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