Remember the Egyptian revolution or at least the ousting of President Mubarak? Today people are voting for a new government. There is much joy about the burgeoning political discussions and openness. Egyptians are engaging each other about the future of their country. Bu there are mixed feeling about the meaning of the elections. Some find hope and see it as a bridge to change. Others see it is as not worth participation and continue to call for greater change.
Both sides in this discussion are right. The Egyptian military has not agreed to give up power to civilian oversight, so the elections could be viewed as a farce because the civilian government does not hold the final say on matters of importance. However, it is obvious that much has changed. Egyptians now openly talk and disagree about who should and should not lead their nation. Demands for reform and change, which at one time would have been forcefully crushed, today continue and impact the process albeit under threats of violence.
Checkout this CNN clip to get an idea of what is happening there.