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Islamists challenge Egyptian military rule

Thousands jam Tahrir Square to demonstrate

By David D. Kirkpatrick
New York Times / November 19, 2011

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Tens of thousands of Islamists jammed Tahrir Square yesterday in the most significant challenge yet to the authority of Egypt’s military council that seized power nine months ago with the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. The demonstration ended an uneasy truce between Egypt’s Islamists and its military, which had prevailed since Mubarak’s exit. The truce reached a breaking point after the military council spelled out for the first time its intention to claim a decisive role in Egyptian politics far into the future.

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