Arab Spring Countries' Statuses In 2012 (PHOTOS)

05/21/2012 04:03 pm ET

-- Starting Wednesday, Egypt is holding its first free presidential election since it came under dictatorship 60 years ago. The winner will succeed Hosni Mubarak, one of four rulers toppled in the uprisings that began 18 months ago across the Middle East and became known as the Arab Spring. But replacing dictatorships with democracy is proving much harder. Here's where things stand:

Nation-By-Nation Look At The Arab Spring's Process

Captions courtesy Associated Press.

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