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A Foot in the Door for Egyptian Democracy

Author: Steven A. Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
September 8, 2005
Foreign Policy


There was never any doubt that Hosni Mubarak would win Egypt's presidential election. But look a little further down the road, and you just might see a refreshingly uncertain path for Egyptian politics.

Egypt's presidential election was a farce. Challengers running against the 24-year incumbent, Hosni Mubarak, faced insurmountable obstacles. But just because the election was a sham, doesn't mean that it was meaningless. The constitutional amendments that were instituted to make the election possible may just open the door for real democracy in Egypt.

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