Egypt: Egypt’s election: Another charade | The Economist

Elections in Egypt tend to produce not just one but two solid majorities. The ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) has never, since its creation in 1978, failed to win less than a two-thirds majority of seats in Egypt’s parliament. And since that time, the vast majority of voting-age Egyptians have never bothered to vote. Predictability under a veneer of democracy has given three decades of stability to the most populous and politically pivotal Arab state. But it has also produced a ruling class increasingly remote from an increasingly bitter people.

The general election due on November 28th looks set, as ever, to favour Egypt’s rulers—and to disfavour, perhaps more than ever before, the cause of democracy. The NDP is likely to capture as many as 400 of the 508 seats being contested. Turnout, meanwhile, is unlikely to surpass the 25% of registered voters reached in the last parliamentary poll, in 2005.

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