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Egyptian Government ‘Prepares Itself’ for the Fifth Anniversary of the Jan. 25 Uprising

January 13, 2016

In a speech delivered in late December at the Ministry of Endowments to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi asked the “group calling for a new revolution” if they want to “ruin this country”. Five years ago in January, hundreds of thousands took to the streets, leading to the ouster of then-President Hosni Mubarak who ruled the country for around 30 years. Back in 2011, Sisi was still a member of the military council that ruled the country during a post-Mubarak transitional period. In mid-2012, he was appointed as Defense Minister under the rule of then-President Mohamed Mursi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood group. Mursi was elected president with a slim majority around a year-and-a-half after Mubarak’s ouster. But following mass protests against his rule in July 2013, Mursi also was overthrown when his Defense Minister announced in a televised speech that a new “roadmap to democracy” would be adopted. The past five years have witnessed sporadic periods of turmoil that often escalated in January every year. Today, analysts disagree on whether the state has a clear approach toward possible protests that might erupt…

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