Monday, November 28, 2011

Voting in Egypt

Egypt's first post-Mubarak election is under way. The system is complex and murky, with three rounds of voting for the Parliament and three others for a weak upper house, and I think it's safe to say nobody knows how this will work out. The complexity may be a mechanism to allow interference by the military or their friends in the judiciary, or it may be intended to keep any one party from winning an outright majority, forcing behind the scenes coalition building. So far observers report little obvious fraud or intimidation, and a high turnout.

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