It was out with the old as officials removed the portrait of Hosni Mubarak, but building the new Egypt is going to take some time and it is still not clear what form of new government will emerge.
The caretaker cabinet has many of the old faces but just two days after ousting Hosni Mubarak the army announced that parliament was being dissolved and the constitution suspended.
But as always there are other short term priorities according to Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq:“Our goal at this current time is security and maintaining it for the Egyptian citizen. The feeling of security that was lost in the period since the beginning of the movement must be brought to an end.”
Political reaction from Egypt’s disparate opposition is finally being voiced. Ayman Nour who challenged Hosni Mubarak for the presidency five years ago, described the military leadership’s steps as a victory for the revolution.
But one casualty in all the unrest has been Cairo’s Egyptian Museum. Some time during the height of the protests at least 18 priceless artefacts disappeared including a statue of Tutankhamen.