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military takes control in Egypt, FGM is democratic?

The army’s announcement, which included the suspending of the constitution, was a further rebuff to some pro-democracy activists after troops were sent to clear demonstrators from Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the centre of the protests that brought down Hosni Mubarak.

I hope that this isn’t a case of out of the frying pan into the fire. The army is ruling by decree for 6 months or more while elections are scheduled. Will the elections (and real ones I mean) take place?

As an ironic aside, I read today that the rate of female genital mutilation in Egypt is 91%. I found that shocking. Democracy should begin with an end to cutting off women’s bits.



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

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