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Egypt's chaos: No end in sight

By Huang Peizhao (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

09:58, November 29, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Several days of violent clashes in Egypt have caused more than 2,000 casualties in one of the bloodiest incidents since the forced resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Hussein Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, has filed a letter of resignation to the government in the wake of the clash.

With the increasingly intense competition between the military and various forces, the state of Egyptian politics is becoming complicated. The current landscape is rife with uncertainty, and the situation in the Middle East will also be negatively affected.

Apparently, the cause behind the clash is public dissatisfaction with the constitution, which some claim has given the military too much power. The proposed constitutional amendments were the last straw that triggered the bloody clash, but ultimately it was the culmination of a variety of social and political contradictions that have been escalating since the unrest broke out in Egypt earlier this year.

This has reflected the reality of Egypt's particularly vulnerable political ecology after the overthrow of the Mubarak regime. Egyptian people had high expectations in the wake of Mubarak's resignation that they would secure the fruits of the "revolution," but their lives have remained unchanged 10 months later and have yet to see fruits and pragmatic results of the "revolution."

Politically, the military has been late in fulfilling its promise of returning the power to the people, which has not only caused public dissatisfaction but has also offered various political forces and factions the opportunities to stir up trouble.


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