There is a growing sense in Cairo that the city – and the country – may be waking up every day now to a new normal. The demonstrations yesterday were the biggest to date and are continuing, reenergized, this morning as protestors march again on Parliament. But as demands for the immediate removal of the Mubarak regime go ignored, some experts are questioning whether the country will be prepared in September – forget about now – to hold anything resembling free and fair elections. In the meantime, Egypt’s crucial tourism industry has ground to a halt and is looking like the biggest casualty yet as the instability drags on.
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