Although many have dismissed Egypt's first competitive presidential elections and the parliamentary elections of 2005 as a sham, the election campaigns marked a new departure in the Egyptian political sphere, including a shift in the domestic political balance. This article argues that the convergence of developments in the domestic political arena - including the emergence of new movements - the shifting emphasis of US foreign policy towards democratization, and the emergence of the new Arab media space, give the elections real significance despite the predictability of the results.
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||The Middle East Journal|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Sociology and Political Science