Mubarak Out, Is Egypt Returning to Old Regime?

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The military-backed Egyptian government ignited more tension Thursday with by releasing ousted President Hosni Mubarak from prison.

The Muslim Brotherhood sees the act as further proof that the military is trying to restore Mubarak's old regime.

"This is horrible. It'll cancel everything we've been through--all the killing, all the bloodshed. It's devastating," Mos, a disgruntled citizen, said.

Perhaps to ease fears, the government has not let Mubarak go free, but instead flew the 85-year-old to a military hospital where he'll be held under house arrest.

Although Mubarak's new status could indicate that the current regime intends to return to the old order, the State Department is calling it an internal issue.

"It's working its way through the legal system there," Jen Psaki, State Department spokesperson, said.

Crowds of Mubarak supporters celebrated his release outside jail. Internally, enormous concern about Egypt's instability continues. 

How is this ongoing violence affecting Christian children in Egypt? Sr. International Reporter Gary Lane answers this and more on CBN News' Newswatch, Aug. 22. You can also find out more on his latest blog: Global Lane

More than 1,000 people have been killed in the last week and some say the country is on the brink of civil war.

In the United States, debate on continuing aid to Egypt is mounting. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, wants to cut it off.

"The United States has influence. But if the United States doesn't use that influence, then it has no influence," Sen. McCain said.

Egypt Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi said he hopes the aid will not be cut.

"This will be a very bad sign. It will definitely affect the military for some time," el-Beblawi said.

The United States is calling for Egypt to transition to a democratically elected government and perhaps that will happen.

The prime minister said he believes that free elections could take place within months.

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