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Vol 52 No 21

Published 21st October 2011


Egypt

Generals stall the revolution

The fall of Hosni Mubarak left a vacuum and the army wants to be sure his replacement will protect its interests

The generals who rule in Cairo are well positioned to shape the new political landscape and hold on to their huge financial interests. As economic pressures grow on the post-revolution regime, the generals have secured financial backing from Saudi Arabia and other regional allies. After pushing out President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak in January, they promised to return to barracks after overseeing the writing of a new constitution and free elections. Now, many say the army seems in no hurry to upset the status quo (AC Vol 52 No 16).

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