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Was the Egyptian uprising a success?
Tell Al Jazeera whether you believe the revolution in Egypt has lived up to its expectations.
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2012 13:47

Egyptian protesters shout slogans during a protest in Tahrir Square reaching out to pro- and anti-army camps [Reuters]

On January 25, 2011, Egyptians began an 18-day revolt that culminated with the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.

Bringing down Mubarak, who had been firmly entrenched for 30 years, was no small achievement.

But a year on, the jury is still out as to what the uprising achieved beyond toppling him.

There undoubtedly have been some significant successes in the intervening 12 months. Egypt held elections for the lower house of parliament - the first free polls in decades - and is gearing to elect a new upper house. A timeline is also in place to write a new constitution and elect a new president.

The rule of law has also somewhat been restored, with Mubarak and his sons facing trial.

But there are some who say the transition from dictatorial rule to democracy has been too slow and inadequate. Army generals are still calling the shots, human rights abuses still rampant and state media less than free.

Egypt's economy is another sore point, with many complaining that the revolution's broader goals, like bringing about social equality and greater employment opportunities, have remained unfulfilled.

As opinions vary, Al Jazeera would like you to send us your views.

In your opinion, was the Egyptian uprising a success?

Please write your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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