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EVENT: 2011 EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION
EPISODE: S01E05 – AMEN
The revolution, that lasted 18 days (Jan, 25 - Feb 11, 2011) aimed to overthrow the regime of President Hosni Mubarak. The revolution was inspired by the very current Tunisian Revolution. Thousands took to streets to revolt against poverty, unemployment, government corruption and autocracy.
Their main aim was to get democracy in the country since Hosni Mubarak had been the ruler for 30 years and refrained from appointing a vice president. Cairo’s Tahrir Square became their central point of protest. To calm the people down, Mubarak appointed former Intelligence Officer Omar Suleiman as the vice-president on January 29, 2011. In another attempt, he went on television and offered concessions and pledged to not run in the coming elections. On February 10, 2011 he addressed Egypt and stated that he would delegate some of his responsibilities to his VP.
Regardless of all his attempts, the protests continued. On February 11, 2011 at 6:00 pm local time, Omar Suleiman announced that Hosni Mubarak had resigned from his seat and left Cairo. Supreme Council of Egyptian Armed Forces had been entrusted with the leadership.
After Hosnis departure, Egypt still struggled to find a democratic government. Many more protests, sit-ins ensued to ensure the democratic rights demands made to the Supreme Council would be fulfilled. In May, 2011 a second revolution ensued where the citizens demanded trial for the old regime, a new constitution before the parliament elections and no military trials for civilians. On June 15, 2012 the Supreme Council dissolved the parliament. For a year, the protests continued, asking the Supreme Council to meet their demands faster.
On June 2, 2012 Hosni Mubarak was convicted to life in prison. On June 30, 2012 Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, is sworn in.