In Egypt, the generals are back with a vengeance

The acquittal of Hosni Mubarak shows that the military is firmly in control

By Dilip Hiro  

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (centre) inspecting troops in Cairo in April 2013

On 29th November, an Egyptian court dismissed murder charges brought against former president Hosni Mubarak concerning the deaths in January and February 2011 of 239 peaceful protestors who were demanding an end to his 30-year dictatorship. Mubarak’s acquittal was the final chapter in the reversal of the democratic uprising, welcomed enthusiastically in the west as the “Arab Spring.” With former field marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi now firmly in the…

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