Egypt’s Party Consolidation and the Stifling of Pluralism

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Policy

Author(s): Tim Deedy

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When Egypt held its parliamentary elections in fall 2015, a mere 26.5 percent of eligible voters participated in the election. Egyptians seemed apathetic about the vote: the parties lacked familiarity and did not articulate credible platforms—a far cry from the parliament elected in 2011 and 2012 with 54 percent turnout, before the body’s operations were suspended in 2012 and 2013. This time, more individual representatives were recruited to campaign for office (often based on their allegiance to the military regime or their wealth), leading to a legislature designed to affirm President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi’s policies at whim.

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