Source: Middle East Institute
Author(s): Paul Salem
In the past ten days Egypt held a first round of parliamentary elections, announced renewed loan talks with the IMF, experienced new clashes with militants in the Sinai, and joined multinational talks to end the war in Syria. These headlines provide current glimpses into the country’s complex and challenging political, economic and security trajectories.
Politically, the parliamentary elections are a necessary and overdue step; Egypt has been without a parliament since 2012, and the elections are the third part of the Roadmap announced in July 2013. But the elections have been held in a very restrictive political environment with very little of the widespread enthusiasm that was seen in the 2011-12 parliamentary elections….
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