, Volume 67, Number 6

Louisa Loveluck
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Louisa Loveluck is the Administrator of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House.

Eleven months after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians are voting for what is hoped to be the first freely elected parliament in decades. Although an encouraging development, these elections do not yet signal a new dawn in Egyptian politics. The memory of six decades of authoritarianism still cast a shadow over the electoral process, and the legacy of previous manipulations will influence acceptance of the new vote. The value of Egypt’s elections therefore lies in the integrity of the process, rather than the result.

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