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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Formal opposition in Egypt is losing

The ongoing refusal by Egyptian opposition parties to unite adequately and coordinate campaigns is leaving them silent in their dissent, and they are being sidelined by the government, Christopher J Cox writes for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The opposition parties are now “playing the role of ‘loyal opposition’ in Egypt, as they did in Mubarak’s days. They are reinforcing a state that tolerates legal opposition parties but ensures they cannot attain power or threaten the status quo.” Cox warns that if the “parties’ ‘loyal opposition’ continues to legitimize Sisi’s rule, it will promote his facade of a vibrant democracy and perpetuate a lack of reform.”

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