Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Ayman Nur, again

See previous post. 'Not yet a democracy' from The Economist Global Agenda:
What troubled some observers as much as the Brotherhood’s surge or the government’s panicked response was the near-extinction at the polls of the secular opposition. Enfeebled by emergency laws that preclude normal political activity, the country’s 15 featherweight legal opposition parties failed to gain a dozen seats between them. Oddly, that has not prevented the government from continuing to hound them. Ayman Nour, a liberal who won 8% of votes cast, making him the closest challenger to Mr Mubarak in September’s presidential elections, not only lost his parliamentary seat to a heavily funded NDP challenger but has been remanded in custody on a flimsy forgery charge.


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