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As Egypt's presidential election presents extraordinary challenges, GlobalPost offers this continuing series to shed light on how the country will move forward under its first-ever civilian head of state and how the soon-to-be-drafted constitution will protect civil rights in a new Egypt. 

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Bothaina Kamel, Egypt's first female presidential hopeful.

Bothaina Kamel speaks on her phone at her home in downtown Cairo before leaving for TEDx Tanta, an ideas-oriented gathering held on May 19, 2012.

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About This Project

The revolution isn't over. The historic events of last year's 'January 25 Revolution' that toppled the government of Hosni Mubarak are still unfolding here as Egypt prepares for a presidential election on May 23 and 24, continuing the journey from Tahrir Square to the ballot box.

The election marks a turning point in a new Egypt as the country seeks to transition from the heady days of the demonstrations in Tahrir Square to military rule and now to a new democracy. Voters here say their primary concern is the country's flagging economy, dominating a civic debate that includes the role of Egypt's powerful military in governing Egypt and how the soon-to-be-drafted constitution will balance religious law and civil rights including representation for women, progressives and religious minorities.

One looming question that hangs over this election is what role power the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces will have under Egypt's first civilian president and how the executive and the parliament will check its far reaching power and its sprawling financial empire. 

This team, which includes Egyptian and American reporters, seeks to tell the story of Egypt's 'unfinished revolution,' searching for stories that will enlighten and inform GlobalPost's audience on the historic events still unfolding in Cairo.

GlobalPost will tell the story of Egypt's presidential elections and its birth of a new democracy by focusing on the role of five key elements of Egyptian society: 1) The military; 2) Women; 3) Coptic Christians, 4) Islamists and 5) organized labor. 

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