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ICYMI: IN THE NEW EGYPT, MANY REMNANTS OF THE MUBARAK ORDER LIVE COMFORTABLE LIVES

Two years after protests and demonstrations forced Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak from office, the Washington Post reports that many of his closest aides continue to lead privileged lives. While the former president is confined to a military hospital and awaiting further legal proceedings, Egypt’s new government has yet to act on allegations of corruption against many of Mubarak’s senior officials and advisors. Like many other countries undergoing a transition from autocracy, Egypt is wrestling with complex issues of justice and reconciliation.

 

Supporters of the Egyptian Revolution, like civil society activist Samar El Hussieny, recognized that the transition to democracy would not be immediate. Reflecting on the revolution a year later in her Freedom Collection interview, El Hussieny noted, “Egypt didn’t change, actually. We have removed the very thin surface of the regime, which is Mubarak, our former president.”

 

Watch Samar El Hussieny’s Freedom Collection interview to learn more about Egypt’s 2011 revolution.

 

Lindsay Lloyd is Program Director, Freedom Collection