From the Streets to the Ballot Box


The many thousands of Egyptians queueing patiently outside balloting stations for the elections that began on Nov. 28 knew they were making history: for the first time in living memory, they were being asked to vote without already knowing the outcome--a happy contrast with the electoral farces staged by the regime of ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

It may offer the novelty of a genuinely competitive contest, but the arcane electoral system decreed by the military council that has ruled Egypt since easing out Mubarak in February was not designed to produce...

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