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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

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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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