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Vol 46 No 4

Published 18th February 2005


Egypt

Authoritarian instincts

The government finds political dialogue easier when its critics are locked up

Having embarked on an unprecedented political dialogue with the opposition, the government has imprisoned the leader of a new opposition party and stopped it publishing its newspaper. On 29 January, the day before the 'National Dialogue' was due to reopen (having collapsed last year), the President of Al Ghad party was stripped of his parliamentary immunity in an emergency session of the National Assembly. Shortly afterwards, Ayman Nour was arrested.

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