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TIMELINE - Egypt since January protests

REUTERS - Here is a timeline of events in Egypt since protests against former president Hosni Mubarak began.

Protesters in Tahrir Square attend a funeral of a protester who died in clashes with riot police, in Cairo November 22, 2011. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Jan. 25, 2011 - After the overthrow on Jan. 14 of Tunisia’s president in the first of the “Arab Spring” uprisings, anti-government protests, publicised on social media websites, begin across Egypt. Thousands of demonstrators voice anger, complaining of poverty and repression in a “Day of Wrath”.

Jan. 28 - Mubarak orders troops and tanks into cities overnight to quell demonstrations across Egypt.

-- Thousands cheer at news of intervention of the army, which is widely seen as a neutral force in politics, unlike police who are regularly deployed to stifle dissent.

Jan. 31 - Egypt swears in new government. New Vice-President Omar Suleiman, hitherto Egypt’s intelligence chief, says Mubarak has asked him to start dialogue with all political forces.

Feb. 1 - More than a million people around Egypt call for an end to Mubarak’s rule.

Feb. 4 - Thousands gather in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to press again for an end to Mubarak’s rule in a “Day of Departure”.

Feb. 10 - Mubarak says national dialogue under way, transfers powers to vice-president, but he refuses to leave office immediately as protesters demand.

Feb. 11 - Mubarak steps down and a military council is formed to run the country’s affairs, Suleiman announces.

Feb. 12 - Egypt says they are investigating accusations against the former prime minister, interior minister and information minister, to show break with old guard.

Feb. 15 - Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of ruling military council, issues a decree ordering constitutional amendment committee to finish its work within 10 days.

Feb. 22 - Tantawi swears in new cabinet and it finds itself under attack from Muslim Brotherhood and others who want it purged of ministers appointed by Mubarak.

March 3 - Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq resigns and military asks former transport minister Essam Sharaf to form new government, which pro-democracy activists want to be purged of Mubarak’s old coterie.

March 5 - Sharaf tells thousands of demonstrators in Tahrir Square he is committed to goals of their revolution.

March 19 - Big majority of Egyptians approve amendments to the constitution in referendum. The amendments are designed to pave way for parliamentary and presidential elections.

March 23 - Egypt approves law easing curbs that choked political life under Mubarak.

April 8 - Thousands protest in Tahrir Square against delays in putting Mubarak on trial.

Aug. 1 - The army moves into Tahrir Square and clears away a few hundred protesters who remained camped there after the main groups suspended a three-week demonstration held to advance demands for faster democratic reforms.

Aug. 3 - Mubarak, wheeled into a courtroom cage on a bed to face trial, denies the charges against him. His two sons, Gamal and Alaa, also deny the charges.

Sept. 24 - Tantawi testifies at the Mubarak trial.

Oct. 9/10 - Coptic Christians turn their fury against the army after at least 25 Christians killed when troops broke up a protest. Tension between Muslims and minority Christians is not new but has heightened since the anti-Mubarak revolt.

Oct. 15 - The ruling military council bans discrimination on the basis of race, gender or religion in a new decree.

Oct. 30 - The next session in Mubarak’s trial will be on Dec. 28, two days after a separate court convenes to decide whether to change the judges handling the case, the judge says.

Nov 18. - Thousands of people, frustrated with military rule, protest in Tahrir square and in other cities.

Nov. 21 - Cabinet tenders resignation.

Nov. 22 - Death toll since Nov. 18 reaches 36, with more than 1,250 injured.

Nov. 28 - First voting in parliamentary election scheduled.

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