January 16, 2014

Is Egypt Back Where It Was in 2011?

Khaled Fahmy, CNN

The Associated Press

Today millions of Egyptians are going to the ballot boxes to decide on a new constitution, the third time they have done so in as many years. They are voting with high hopes that this referendum will put an end to the bloodshed, social tensions and instability that followed the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsy in July 2013.

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