Former president charged with espionage, killing prison guards and fleeing jail
Egypt's first freely elected president faced the death penalty in a politically freighted trial that began on Tuesday in which he is accused of colluding with foreign powers in a prison escape.
At a briefing in Congress, Dr Walid Phares, advisor and co-secretary general of the Transatlantic Parliamentary Group on Counter Terrorism projected back in July that "eventually the Egyptian people will resist the Muslim Brotherhood regime and remove it, will pressure its Government to move against the Terrorists and will provide a new legitimacy to future Egyptian Governments to uproot the ideology of terror, and move the country, though gradually and through difficulties, towards a pluralist democracy."
Controversy is again raging through Egypt, this time around no less than the event which shook the country over the 18 days between 25 January and 11 February in 2011 and came to be known as the 25 January Revolution.
Egypt's upcoming presidential elections could get started as early as mid-February, according to a decree issued by interim President Adly Mansour on Sunday.
The decree states that the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) should begin procedures for the polls in no less than 30 days and no more than 90 days following the successful implementation of the country's newly-amended constitution.
Twenty-nine people were killed during anti-government marches on Saturday while thousands rallied in support of the army-led authorities, underlining Egypt's volatile political fissures three years after the fall of autocrat President Hosni Mubarak.
Security forces lobbed teargas and some fired automatic weapons in the air to try to prevent demonstrators opposed to the government reaching Tahrir Square, the symbolic heart of the 2011 uprising that toppled the former air force commander.
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