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Egypt: Civil or military regime?

A key country in the Arab world given its demography and ancient history, modernEgyptis torn between two forces: the army and the Muslim Brotherhood.  The military still holds power even if their position has been weakened by the fall of their leader Hosni Moubarak.

Seen as pacifist and patriotic, the army has the huge task of fulfilling the expectations of the revolution. But to do that means relinquishing some power to civilians and politicians.  As the major force in the new scene, the Muslim Brotherhood are taking advantage of their freedom to impose an Islamism based on social justice and Sharia law.

Well-established in Egyptian society, they will play a key role in the coming months; a predominance that seriously concerns the minority Coptic Christians who represent 10% of the population.