FIIA Comment

FIIA Comment 22 (2015)   

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

Published 18.11.2015

Wolfgang Mühlberger
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs

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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 epitomise the regime’s resistance to the reform demands of the protestors.