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'January 25 changed the face of Egypt': Cabinet

Egyptian Cabinet credits the January 25 Revolution for bringing the country back into the hands of its people, in a statement of commemoration two days before the uprising's second anniversary

Ahram Online, Wednesday 23 Jan 2013
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Egypt's Cabinet, led by Hisham Qandil, commemorates the second anniversary of the January 25 Revolution, stating it "changed the face of Egypt” in a press statement released on Wednesday.

“The biggest and most important challenge is not only in rebuilding the economy and reforming healthcare and education, but in rebuilding the system of values of the Egyptian society inspired by the principles of the January 25 Revolution,” said the statement.

The statement continues: “Egypt’s [post-revolution] political process was received with acclaim from all parties involved, as well as international praise. Its credibility was never challenged, starting with the 19 March referendum, going through the parliamentary and presidential elections and the constitution referendum.”

Opposition and revolutionary groups have organized several protests around the country to commemorate the 25 January uprising, amid heightened tension between anti-Morsi forces and Islamist groups.

“The January 25 Revolution has taught everyone an important lesson. It is that rulers are no longer the main actors, but the people now are. The great January revolution has brought Egypt away from the authoritarianism and hegemony of a weary regime, into a new one with life in its veins; its pulse reflecting the dreams of its simplest citizens.”

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), as well as Salafist Nour Party, the main Islamist players in the political scene, will not be organizing or participating in planned rallies.

However, the Muslim Brotherhood has announced the launch of a development campaign called 'Building Egypt Together' to begin on the anniversary of the uprising.

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