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Vol 46 No 16

Published 5th August 2005


Half a cheer for democracy

Promises of reform mix uneasily with baton charges on opposition parties

'I am certain of my choice,' President Hosni Mubarak told the audience in his old school on 27 July, announcing his candidacy for a fifth term. 'I choose a strong, a democratic, Egypt which ventures into the future with free Egyptian citizens'. For the first time Mubarak, on the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) ticket, will face opposition at the presidential election on 7 September.

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