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Egypt’s Moment of Reform: a Reality or an Illusion?
Egypt’s Moment of Reform: a Reality or an Illusion?

Author(s): Emad El-Din Shahin
Subject(s): Civil Society, Government/Political systems, Electoral systems, Politics and religion, Politics and society
Published by: CEPS Centre for European Policy Studies
Summary/Abstract: The movement for democratic reform in Egypt seems to be gathering strength. Some of the factors that would make a good case for democratic transformation are rapidly converging: the formation of a wide spectrum of discontented segments in society; the mushrooming of pro-reform grassroots movements that agree on a clear list of short-term demands; and a sympathetic pro-reform international context. With presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September and November respectively, will Egypt finally experience its democratic spring? The answer to this question still seems uncertain. The reform movement faces numerous challenges: the possibility of being sidelined by an agreement between the regime and external actors for the sake of stability and containing change; regime repression of the reform movement; and the radicalisation of the movement itself and the possible eruption of sporadic violence or chaos. For reform to become a reality and not another missed opportunity, certain structural changes and institutional safeguards must be introduced.

  • Page Range: 117-130
  • Page Count: 14
  • Publication Year: 2005
  • Language: English