Egypt's Local Elections Farce: Causes and Consequences

Publication Date: April 2008

Publisher: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Author(s): Mohammed Herzallah; Amr Hamzawy

Research Area: Politics

Type: Report

Coverage: Egypt


The Egyptian government's crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood in advance of the April 8 local elections was motivated by its determination to exclude the Brotherhood from the 2011 presidential election and is likely to persist until the matter of presidential succession is settled, argue two Carnegie experts.

In Egypt's Local Elections Farce: Causes and Consequences, Carnegie's Amr Hamzawy and Mohammed Herzallah argue that Egypt's controversial April 8 elections underscore the present backward slide and a broad deterioration in Egyptian politics.