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News Analysis: Egypt's relative calm not expected to last for long


13:12, February 05, 2013

CAIRO, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- Egypt is now relatively and " cautiously" calm and may witness tumult in the following months after tens of people were killed and several hundreds others injured in clashes between security forces and protesters over the past few days, observers said.

Although Egypt looks calm with its public squares being quiet and traffic returning to normal, some analysts believe that it is "a calm before the storm."

"Although the situation looks stable, it is not stable for real, " Saeed Sadeq, a political sociology professor at the American University in Cairo, told Xinhua, citing the overwhelming protests across the country, the political tension dividing the Egyptian society as well as the economic recession.

"The year of 2013 will be tumultuous in Egypt," Sadeq warned.

On Saturday, the National Salvation Front (NSF), Egypt's main opposition bloc which had earlier agreed to participate in the national dialogue sponsored by President Mohamed Morsi, said it " completely sides with the people's calls to topple the authoritarian regime and the Muslim Brotherhood's control."

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