Hanging in the Balance: Egypt Fights for Its Future

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CAIRO, Egypt -- As Egypt's new government is setting out a roadmap for the country's political future, some say the very fate of Egypt is in the balance.

On Wednesday, Egypt's interim President Adli Mansour met with his prime minister delegate, Hazem el-Beblawi, in Cairo. At the same time, Muslim Brotherhood members were continuing their call for the reinstatement of Mohammed Morsi in another part of the city.

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"I'm here to call for the return of Morsi, God willing," protestor Abdel Rahman Essam said. "We are protesting in all squares until the return of Morsi."

While Muslim Brotherhood supporters continue their protest, they're also refusing to join the new political process.

"This fight is for the heart and soul of Egypt and the Middle East for generations to come," one Morsi supporter said.

Michael Meunier, president of the al-Ayat Party, says Egypt's future is being determined now. He said the question is if Egypt's new constitution will be based on political Islam that drives groups like the Muslim Brotherhood.

"Would political Islam be the driving force for years to come or is it going to be moderation, civil liberty, democracy, religious freedom?" Meunier asked. "This you cannot get with a constitution that's based on a religion."

Meunier said the outcome of the constitution will have a huge impact on the millions of Christians in Egypt.

"For the long term and the future, I think we have the constitutions we want to have that respect civil liberty and religious freedom, I think the future is going to be much better for Christians," he said.

That hope for a better future and greater freedom is why Christians took to the streets during what many people are calling Egypt's second revolution.

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