24 Nov '11, 9pm

#Egypt's doomed election.

Egypt, the largest and most important country to overthrow its government during the Arab Spring, is careening towards a disastrous parliamentary election that begins on Nov 28 and could bring the country to the brink of civil war. As protesters fill Tahrir Square once again and violence spreads throughout Cairo, the military government's legitimacy is becoming even more tenuous. The announcement on Tuesday of a "National Salvation Government" may stem the violence for now but the coming vote will not lead to a stable democracy. The election is likely to fail, not because of vote-stealing or violence, but because the rules cobbled together by Egypt's military leaders virtually guarantee that the Parliament elected will not reflect the votes of the Egyptian people. While advising civil society groups and political parties on election issues earlier this year in Cairo, I fou...

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