Egypt: Transition in Pictures (I)
Photo Blog by Mosa'ab Elshamy
On the morning of 12 February 2011, Egyptians woke to what seemed like a fantasy. Hosni Mubarak was ousted and the prospects of the country's future were starting to look brighter. Euphoria was in the air and optimism about a swift transition to democracy was high. The military junta, SCAF, had assumed power and declared its support for the revolution as youth painted pavements and thought of hundreds of ways to make the New Egypt a better place.
It didn't take long before these hopes were dashed.
The transitional period became a nightmare as barely a month into it, events started taking place that shook the political scene. From protests, to sit-ins, to the thousands who were arrested, the 16 months since that day proved that ousting Mubarak was the easy part.