Egypt’s Islamists: Weak Presence in Elections

Source: Wilson Centre Author(s): Unknown Original Link: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/egypts-islamists-weak-presence-elections Islamist parties played a minimal role in Egypt’s parliamentary elections, which began on October 18 and continued in several rounds in November and December. The Salafist Nour Party – the only Islamist party that fielded candidates – fared poorly. It secured...

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Did Egypt’s Parliamentary Election just trump citizens’ rights?

Source: Cairo Institute For Human Rights Studies Author(s): Ragab Saad Original Link: http://www.cihrs.org/?p=17642&lang=en  Introduction: Since the Muslim Brotherhood rule was toppled in July 2013, the regime of President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi has strived to consolidate his one-man rule; he painted the political opposition and civil society as traitors and foreign agents and exploited the...

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Egypt’s democratic window-dressing: Procedural elections and paltry voter participation indicate a non-pluralistic transformation

Source: Finnish Institute Of International Affairs (Fiia) Author(s): Wolfgang Mühlberger Original Link: https://www.fiia.fi/en/publication/egypts-democratic-window-dressing The first round of parliamentary elections in October turned out to be symptomatic of a derailed democratic transition in Egypt. Mainly endorsing the return of authoritarian governance structures, they epitomize the...

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Dateline Egypt: Roadmaps, Refinancing, and Regional Roles

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Paul Salem Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/content/at/dateline-egypt-roadmaps-refinancing-and-regional-roles 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...

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Interest and Intrigue in Egypt’s Parliamentary Elections

Source: Council On Foreign Relations Author(s): H. A. Hellyer Original Link: https://www.cfr.org/blog/interest-and-intrigue-egypts-parliamentary-elections Egyptians voted this week for the eighth time in four years—ten if you count runoffs. The most blatant characteristic this time appears to be rather unedifying: An abundant lack of interest in the formal exercise of the democratic process...

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The State of Alliances in Egypt’s Elections

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Chritstopher J. Cox Original Link: http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/61688 Elections for 60 of the bloc-list and 226 of the independent seats in Egypt’s new 596-seat unicameral parliament concluded on October 19. As it stands, 448 seats will be elected through independent candidate lists, another 120 seats will be elected through closed bloc or party...

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Egypt’s Elections Give Sisi Chance to Tighten Grip

Source: International Peace Institute Author(s): Andre Colling Original Link: https://theglobalobservatory.org/2015/10/egypt-sisi-morsi-elections-muslim-brotherhood/ Two years after the military ousted the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government of President Mohammed Morsi, and nearly three years since the dissolution of the country’s parliament, Egypt is scheduled to hold a new round of...

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Egypt: The New Puritans

Source: Wilson Centre Author(s): Khalil al Anani, Garrett Nada Original Link: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/egypt-the-new-puritans Egypt’s Salafi Nour Party is the only Islamist party that will compete in the upcoming parliamentary elections on October 18 and 19. The party supported Egypt’s military during their 2013 crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, which has since...

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Taking On Egypt’s Big Bureaucracy

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Maria Golia Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/content/at/taking-egypt%E2%80%99s-big-bureaucracy Since the 1990s, the need for streamlined procedures to facilitate business, trade and investment has grown to crisis proportions in Egypt. But the political will to deliver administrative reform was always lacking, not least because it would involve lay-offs...

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Why Egypt’s New Parliament Will Be Born Broken

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Nathan J. Brown Original Link: http://carnegieendowment.org/2015/10/13/why-egypt-s-new-parliament-will-be-born-broken-pub-61608 Over the coming weeks, Egyptians will vote in parliamentary elections in which nobody knows who will win yet everybody knows the result. The regime will then claim (inaccurately) that the “road map” — announced when former...

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Changing Cairo’s Spaces from the Bottom Up

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Maria Golia Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/content/article/changing-cairo%E2%80%99s-spaces-bottom In mid-June, just before Ramadan, the pre-dawn calm of downtown Cairo was shattered by the sound of heavy machinery. The municipality had decided to repair the battered sidewalks, a fairly regular occurrence since shoddy concrete tiles are typically used...

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Working Paper- Political Instability, Uncertainty, Democracy, and Economic Growth in Egypt

Source: Economic Research Forum Author(s): Hossam Eldin Mohammed Abdelkader Original Link: http://erf.org.eg/publications/political-instability-uncertainty-democracy-and-economic-growth-in-egypt/ Abstract: This paper aims to determine if there is a relationship between political instability, uncertainty, and political regime, on the one hand, and economic growth in Egypt, on the other...

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