With Parliament dissolved, Egyptians now face a Presidential election between two extreme candidates, without any assurances about the authority the eventual winner will assume. As the situation stands, the next President will have supreme power of government – with no balance of Parliament and a constitution that is still written for a [...]
Today Tahrir Square is not the scene of demonstrations against the military. Instead, it is a centre for political campaigning for the 50 newly-formed political parties, divided mostly between Muslim and secular ideologies. This is Egypt’s first free Presidential election – Hosni Mubarak had formed the euphemistically named National Democratic Party, which made a charade of elections and planned to have Mubarak’s son succeed him.
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