Egypt 100 Days Later: Post-Mubarak Cairo Faces Uphill Transition, Sober Realities (PHOTOS)

05/27/2011 05:32 pm ET | Updated Jul 27, 2011

The nation's anti-government demonstrations sparked a revolution that was cheered by millions across the globe and continues to inspire embattled rebels in Libya, Syria as part of the "Arab Spring."

But more than three months after dramatic civil protests toppled a reviled president's regime, the "new" Egypt faces an entirely different set of problems, from economic stagnation to religious tensions.

Food prices have spiraled out of control, youth unemployment hovers at a staggering 30 percent and a once-burgeoning tourism market has yet to return to its pre-uprising levels. As the Associated Press now reports, protesters have returned to Tahrir Square, the focal point for most of the demonstrations, for what has been deemed a "second revolution," calling for Egypt's military rulers to speed up the pace of democratic reforms in a country that is still charting its political future.

"The economy is looking pretty dismal right now," Magda Kandil, the director of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, tells GlobalPost. "Unemployment and an unbalanced distribution of wealth are what fed into the frustration that ultimately led to the revolution. But when you look at what the revolution wanted to accomplish, it now seems like things have actually gotten worse."

View photos of a battle-scarred Egypt 100 days after Hosni Mubarak's fall here:

Egypt: 100 Days Later