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Vol 55 No 1

Published 10th January 2014


Consolidation is the goal

The political calendar is crowded as the forces that took control of the state and ousted Mursi seek to strengthen their position

Egyptian electors will be called to the ballot box at least three times in 2014, to approve the new constitution, elect a president and choose a single-chamber parliament. This will fulfil the roadmap announced by the Interim President, Adly Mahmud Mansour, after the army command removed President Mohamed Mursi last July. The vote on the constitution will in effect be a referendum on the legitimacy of this process. For the dominant power groups – the army, intelligence services, police, judiciary and business community – the target will be to improve on the results of the referendum on Mursi's constitution. That received 10.6 million 'yes' votes, giving a 63.8% majority with a turnout of 32.9%. Their target is likely to be achieved but there will be suspicions of ballot-rigging.

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