Egypt’s road to democracy has hit a new violent stumbling block with recently elected President Mohamed Mursi’s decree putting his word “above legal challenge,” Reuters reports. The images coming out of Egypt from places like Cairo’s Tahrir Square are hauntingly similar to those from last year’s violent overthrowing of the Hosani Mubarak regime.
Today’s presidential election in Egypt is one of happiness and uncertainty for the Egyptian people who will freely cast their vote, in what some are calling the first day in the post-pharaoh era. The journey to the polls has been rife with violence since the February 11, 2011 overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s autocratic leader for that past 30 years. One of the 13 candidates on the ballot will assume power on July 1 from the military council, which has been overseeing the tumultuous political transition thus far.
The following photo series traces back to the beginning of the political uprising and ends with today’s new beginning set in motion by 50 million eligible Egyptian voters.