Life In Egypt Slowly Returning To Normal Following Weeks Of Protests

Published on Sunday 13th February 2011

Most of Egypt’s pro-democracy protesters are putting down their placards and getting back to work Sunday, on the first full day of business since President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster.  Only a few hangers-on remain in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, but the demonstrators that brought Egypt to a standstill for 18 days -- and peacefully ousted their president -- are airing their demands.A coalition of youth groups said Saturday they want Egypt’s new military rulers to lift emergency laws. Those laws have been in place 30 years, granting security forces broad powers to detain people without charge. The former protesters also want parliament dissolved and a new unity government in its place, and they want the constitution amended or rewritten entirely.Former protester Khalid Shahwan says he understands that could take time. "It’s going to take time for them to change the constitution, for them to make good elections, proper elections," he said.His friend Gihan Mohamed says the very culture of Egypt’s ruling elite has to change."I hope things are going to change because there is a lot of corruption in the country, like lots of corruption, and I hope it will change," she said.The country’s new military rulers are laying out their plans, promising Saturday to eventually hand power to an elected government, and abide by international treaties -- an indication that peace with Israel will remain.The military council also called on Egyptians themselves to push the economy forward, urging them back to their jobs. Sunday is the first regular business day since President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster.


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