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Egypt: three years of unrest

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Key developments in Egypt since the 2011 revolt that led to the overthrow of president Hosni Mubarak after 30 years in power:

-- 2011 --

- January 25: Massive protests erupt, after a revolt topples Tunisia's ruler. About 850 people die in unrest over 18 days.

- February 11: Mubarak resigns and hands power to the army which suspends the constitution and dissolves parliament.

- March 19: Egyptians widely approve a new constitution.

- October 8: Clashes kill 30 people, most of them Coptic Christians.

- November 24: Week-long clashes between police and anti-military demonstrators leave 42 dead.

- November 28: Egypt holds the first stage of its first post-revolt parliamentary election. Islamists win about two-thirds of the seats, half of which go to the Muslim Brotherhood.

-- 2012 --

- February 1: Riots kill 74 people after a Port Said football match.

- May 31: The army lifts the state of emergency which has been in force for 30 years.

- June 34: Mohamed Morsi wins the presidential election with 51.7 percent of the vote, becoming Egypt's first civilian and Islamist ruler.

- August 12: Morsi scraps a constitutional document which allowed the military legislative powers.

- November 22: Morsi decrees wide new powers for himself but annuls it on December 8 after massive protests and clashes.

- December 15 and 22: 64 percent of voters in the two-round referendum back the new constitution, after a vote which the opposition says is tainted.

-- 2013 --

- January 24: Violence erupts on the eve of the second anniversary of the 2011 uprising. At least 60 people die in a week.

- June 2: Egypt's highest court invalidates the Islamist-dominated Senate.

- July 3: The military ousts Morsi after massive protests against his one-year rule, and freeze the Islamist-drafted constitution. Morsi speaks of a "coup".

- August 14: Security forces move on pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo, killing hundreds. A month-long state of emergency is declared.

- August 22: Mubarak comes out of jail after 28 months in detention.

- September 23: A court bans all Brotherhood activities.

- October 6: Nearly 60 people are killed when security forces crack down on Morsi supporters marching towards Cairo's Tahrir Square.

- November 4: Morsi goes on trial for alleged involvement in the killings of opposition protesters.

- November 24: Egypt adopts a law giving authorities the power to ban protests.

- December 14: Officials say a referendum on a constitution reinforcing the army's political role will be held on January 14-15. Morsi supporters say they will boycott it.

- December 24: A car bomb rips through a police building in Mansoura, north of Cairo, killing 15 people. Al-Qaeda-inspired group based in the Sinai, Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, claims responsibility.

- December 25: The government declares the Brotherhood a terrorist organisation.

-- 2014 --

- January 3: At least 17 people die in clashes as police disperse thousands of protesters demanding Morsi's reinstatement.

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