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    Posted April 20, 2012 by
    arasquare
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    Cairo, Egypt
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    Turbulence, violence in the Middle East

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    Thousands rally in Tahrir square against military rule

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     arasquare says the protesters on Friday, April 20’s rally came from a variety of political backgrounds. He says the people are excited about the upcoming elections because it is the first post-Mubarak presidential elections. 'But there are fears of fraud because the military rulers that are still in power are people who are considered to be Mubarak's men,' he says. He says many Egyptians fear the military may interfere with the electoral process and the election results. 'The military has failed in ruling the country over the last period,' he says. 'The government has failed in dealing with economic and security issues too.'
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Tahrir square on what they called Friday of determination to protest against military rule and against writing the constitution under the military rule. Members of the Supreme council of Armed Forces had announced earlier that the constitution will be written before the presidential elections and before the transfer of power to civilian rule. This has raised concerns that the military wants to interfere in the writing of the constitution and also raised concerns that the presidential election could be postponed due to the fact that it's difficult to write the constitution in that short period before the presidential election. Protesters stressed that they will not tolerate any changes in the date of the presidential election.

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