Egypt: On the Road to Democracy

Traditionally, Egyptian elections have had one outcome: a sweep for the government party. For President Hosni Mubarak, there was something particularly sweet about victory last week.

As his countrymen participated in their freest parliamentary elections in more than 30 years, Mubarak's National Democratic Party took 73% of the vote, winning 390 of 448 elected seats. The Wafd, a 65-year-old party that was banned under Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1953, re-emerged five months ago as the New Wafd party. It obtained 58 seats, more than any other opposition group has held in three decades. Said New Wafd Assistant Secretary General Noman...

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