This week’s mass death sentences against political opponents have made it obvious that the army has reversed the course set by the 2011 revolution. But the military leadership has inherited the problems that ended Mubarak’s rule, and it is creating new ones.

A judge in the southern city of Minya on 28 April delivered a verdict that put another nail in the coffin of Egyptian democracy. That day, 683 men received the death sentence, among them Muhammed Badie, the 8th Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood. All of the convicted were followers of the Islamist movement whose government was toppled in a military coup last July. (CONTINUED - 1174 WORDS)