Tel Aviv Notes: Egypt’s Parliamentary Elections: The Death of Politics?

Source: The Moshe Dayan Center For Middle Eastern And African Studies
Author(s): Joyce van de Bildt – de Jong

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Egypt is in the midst of its first parliamentary elections since the army’s ouster of President Mohammed Morsi more than two years ago. These elections constitute the third and final phase of Egypt’s “Roadmap to Democracy,” which General (now President) ‘Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi unveiled after Morsi’s overthrow. A comparison between the current parliamentary elections and those held in 2012, one year after the 2011 revolution, reveal striking differences. Voter turnout in the first round of the latest elections was less than half of that in 2012, and the parties that were victorious in 2012 – the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafi “al-Nour” party – are now banned from politics and marginalized. Pro-government political parties and independents affiliated with the former Mubarak regime dominate the current elections…

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