Egypt’s “Populocracy”

Source: Italian Institute for International Political Studies

Author(s): Nathan W. Toronto

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If the protests that began in Egypt on January 25, 2011, resulted in a coup-volution,[1] then what has developed since can only be called a populocracy.[2] The military exploited a genuine popular movement in 2011 to unseat President Hosni Mubarak, who had threatened the military’s primordial place in the state by grooming his son and his coalition of civilian business elites for succession. Once the coup-volution removed this threat, and once Egypt’s first freely elected president was removed from power in 2013, the administration of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi proceeded to lengthen and deepen the military’s hold on power with the veneer of a popular mandate.[3]

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