Conflict & Justice

Returning Calm to Egypt Day After Bloodshed

Life has been relatively calm in Egypt's capital, Cairo, Tuesday after Monday's bloodshed in which more than 50 people died.

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But is this the calm before the storm? Egyptian journalist Shahira Amin thinks so.

Mohammed Morsi was deposed and replaced last week by Adly Mansour.

Tuesday Mansour announced a timeable for a return to democracy in six months. And Shahira Amin says many Egyptians are eager for a return to normalcy, hoping the new government will be able to deliver.

But in order for the government to succeed, Amin says, the new government must avoid the mistakes of the Morsi administration by isolating any political faction or group. It must be inclusive, because Morsi "still has the support of roughly 30 million" Egyptians."

Amin says even though most Egyptians are taking a wait and see approach, she's convinced that there's no going back. The young people who protested for democratic reform in the 2011 Tahir Square demonstrations, she says, "will not tolerate another dictatorship."

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    An Egyptian army soldier stands guard in front of the state television building in Cairo, July 9, 2013. Egypt named an interim prime minister on Tuesday and rich Gulf states poured in $8 billion in aid, as the biggest Arab nation sought ways out of a crisis a day after troops killed dozens of Islamists. Interim head of state Adli Mansour announced a faster-than-expected timetable to hold elections in about six months. Scorned by the ousted Muslim Brotherhood, he is under mounting pressure to plot a path back to democracy less than a week after the army overthrew the first freely elected president. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) - RTX11I07



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    Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi react in front of army soldiers at Republican Guard headquarters in Nasr City, a suburb of Cairo July 8, 2013. At least 51 people were killed on Monday when demonstrators enraged by the military overthrow of Egypt's elected Islamist president said the army opened fire during morning prayers outside the Cairo barracks where Mursi is believed to be held. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX11GWT