Abdicating Responsibility: Political Parties in Egypt

Source: Wilson Center

Author(s): Marina Ottaway

Original Link: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/abdicating-responsibility-political-parties-egypt

Political parties in Egypt have emerged from the turmoil of the last ten years weakened to the point of irrelevance. Most of them have abdicated the role and responsibility to represent the demands and aspirations of their constituents. Rather, they have settled for eking out a presence on the margins of a process dominated by the military establishment and the Nation’s Future Party, the de facto government party. Although a few political parties still try to play an honest role of representing their constituents’ interests and demands, they are too small to count. Most Egyptian parties see their fortunes dependent on their relations not with the voters, but with the government.

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