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Wednesday
Jan252012

Egyptians Gather to Celebrate One Year Anniversary of Uprising

A man in Tahrir Square celebrates as it's announced that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was giving up power. Chris Hondros/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- Thousands of Egyptians are once again marching and gathering across Egypt on Wednesday to mark the one-year anniversary of the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

The main events are taking place in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the anti-government protests that began across the country on Jan. 25, 2011.

Many are celebrating the end of Mubarak's 30-year rule but others are protesting the slow transition from the ruling military council to a civilian government, ABC's Alex Marquardt reports.
  
Even so, the gatherings have been peaceful, and police and military officers have not interferred.

In the wake of Mubarak's ouster, which was supported by President Obama, voting in Egypt has led to hard-line Islamists' rise to power in parliament. The terror-linked Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party recently won 235 seats in the 498 seat chamber, and one of its members was named parliament speaker.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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