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Egypt: 5 years on from revolution - how much has changed?


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Egypt: 5 years on from revolution - how much has changed?

Egypt is marking five years since the uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak.

On the eve of the anniversary, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi paid tribute to the events of 2011, which ended Mubarak’s 30-year reign.

“Egypt today is not the Egypt of yesterday. We are building together a modern developed civilian state that upholds the values of democracy and freedom,” el-Sissi said in televised comments.

The protesters behind the 2011 uprising had hoped for a new era of reform and an end to repression. But some believe that the hopes of the revolution are now long gone.

“The 25 January revolution was a wonderful dream that we’ve sadly lost. We dreamt that Egypt would be better.@

“I used to work in Aswan before the revolution and tourism was great back then. But after the revolution, everything changed and there was no work, so I came to Cairo to find work,” said boat owner Mazid Mohamed.

El-Sissi was elected in 2014 following the ouster by the military of Islamist President Mohammed Mursi.

The government has been cracking down on street protests. A recent spate of arrests, coupled with stepped-up security in Cairo, are clear efforts to try to ensure that this anniversary is not marked by demonstrations or violence.

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