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Arab Spring Countries' Statuses In 2012 (PHOTOS)

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Bahraini Shiite Muslims shout slogans as they carry the coffin of Issa Abdali Radhi during his funeral in the town of Sitra outside the capital Manama on March 20, 2010, after he was killed several days ago during the crackdown by security forces on anti-government demonstrators in the capital. (JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
Bahraini Shiite Muslims shout slogans as they carry the coffin of Issa Abdali Radhi during his funeral in the town of Sitra outside the capital Manama on March 20, 2010, after he was killed several days ago during the crackdown by security forces on anti-government demonstrators in the capital. (JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

-- 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:

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