THE DOMESTIC power struggles in Egypt over the past three years can be likened to a series of gigantic waves, each one reshaping the country anew.

The first wave came in the form of a civil rebellion in January 2011, which culminated in the ouster of Hosni Mubarak 18 days later. The second was driven by widespread opposition to the subsequent takeover by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. The third saw the free election of the Islamist candidate Mohammed Morsi as president in June 2012, and his overthrow within the space of just over a year.

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