Developments in Post-Mubarak Egypt

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In early February 2011, Egypt's long-term authoritarian ruler, Hosni Mubarak, was deposed during the country's revolution. While political and social changes are found across Egypt, progress is slow and many rights issues remain to be addressed. The treatment of minorities has only deteriorated since the fall of Mubarak’s dictatorship, with women and Coptic Christians, for example, becoming objects of persecution. In addition, impunity for violations against citizens during the revolution is rampant, with many of those complicit in abuses being acquitted. In June 2012, former-Muslim Brotherhood member, Mohammad Morsi, was elected Egypt's new president. The same month, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court, however, moved to dissolve the country's elected parliament, indicating the ongoing power struggle between Morsi and the army-backed courts.