n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - The seeds of conflict within 'paper democracies' - : Africa-wide - continental overview

Volume 2014, Issue 02
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It is axiomatic that a name need not necessarily reflect reality. The Arab Republic of Egypt is officially a democracy, although a democratic system of governance is in abeyance. An attempt to commandeer Egypt's Arab Spring pro-democracy uprising by the imposition of an Islamist fundamentalist vision upon the country by the Muslim Brotherhood led to a military takeover that postponed Egyptians' democratic aspirations in 2013. For how long the military leadership can continue its authoritarian hold on a rebellious population and against international condemnation will likely be answered in 2014 - an election is scheduled. If the balloting is legitimate, democracy has a chance.

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