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Egypt is on the edge of chaos. The elections that brought an Islamic government to power were supposed to mark a new beginning for the country after more than 30 years of military-backed repression and corruption.

Instead, the streets remain filled with protests. Reuters reports that 60 people have been killed since January 25. Two years after the uprising against former president Hosni Mubarak, the new target is his successor, President Mohamed Morsi, who opponents accuse of  installing an Islamist autocracy in place of the Mubarak regime. On Friday firebombs were thrown at the presidential palace, with at least one person killed when police retailiated with tear gas and water cannons. The head of the ambulance service said at least 54 people were injured in similar outbursts across the country. The head of the army warned this week that the state was on the verge of collapse.

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