Current Affairs: Calm Prevails in Egypt’s Elections

New York Times: In a surprise, Calm Prevails in Egypt’s Elections

By David D. Kirkpatrick

November 28, 2011

Full article here.

Even with the ruling military tightly holding on to power,  and after a mass of protests in Cairo last week,  a unexpectedly large number of Egyptian people made it out yesterday to vote in the first parliamentary elections since the downfall of President Hosni Mubarak.  It appears that citizens in the post-revoultion atmosphere feel that it is their duty to continue to make their voices heard.  The hope, however,  that the elections will be legitimate and without corruption is still dismal. One protester said, “It is like a play, it is like a sham. we are pretending to be voting.” Protest leaders have urged those in the street to go to the polls to express their grievances. The military government sees the turnout as a success and an indication of citizens’ approval of their transition timeline. The real impact of these elections unfortunately won’t been seen for several months.

 

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