False Spring

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Liberal Egyptian revolutionaries have proved better at constant protesting than in the hard work of democratic politics

A year ago, tens of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets to protest the army's controversial interim rule and reclaim their revolution. When the army finally relinquished power after Mohamed Morsi won the first democratic presidential election later that year, most Egyptians — including the young liberals who'd sparked the revolution — were glad to see the generals go.

Fast-forward. Egyptian politics is now so polarized that a growing number of revolutionaries actually want a redo. In a nationwide survey by Cairo's Ibn Khaldun Center in March, 82% of respondents favored a return to military...

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