Egypt post 25th of January: The opportunities and challenges of the transition period

The atmosphere of the January 25th revolution unleashed an enormous amount of momentum within society, and led to heightened interest in politics and public affairs on the part of the ordinary citizen in street. However, we cannot speak about the opportunities generated by the “revolution” without also taking account of the various associated challenges and obstacles that have arisen, and how they should be tackled. The challenges include an exaggerated rise in people’s expectations, confusion among all parties, a loss of a clear vision, plans and goals, the shortcomings of existing legislation, and the shortage and fragmentation of trained professionals.

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