22 May '11, 3am

100 days on, New Egypt faces uphill transition with religious tensions, economic stagnation

CAIRO - MORE than three months after a popular revolt overthrew a regime reviled for its corruption and brutality, Egypt is facing mounting religious tensions and economic stagnation. The unity which brought together millions, Muslim and Christian alike, out on the streets in anti-regime protests has been followed by sectarian attacks which threaten to unravel Egypt's precarious religious coexistence. In the worst violence, 15 people died in clashes this month when Muslims attacked two churches because they said Christians were detaining a Muslim convert. The attacks have raised fears about the stability of the country, where police are only just beginning to restore their standing which took a beating during the revolt when they were on the frontline of a crackdown. The ruling military, which has pledged to come down on disorder with an 'iron fist,' and the police have be...

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