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May 31, 2012 6:00 pm

Mubarak Verdict Could Deepen Political Tensions in Egypt

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A february 2011 protest in Egypt. Photo: wiki commons.

ABC News/AP – Guilty or not, Saturday’s verdict in Hosni Mubarak’s trial will likely deepen Egypt’s polarization. Political tensions are already simmering in a heated runoff for president pitting the ousted leader’s last prime minister against an Islamist from a group that the old regime repeatedly cracked down.

The 84-year-old Mubarak, the first Arab leader to be tried by his own people, faces charges of complicity in the killing of some 900 protesters during last year’s uprising that forced him from power.

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