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Poverty will breed chaos in Egypt

The Egyptian electorate has just chosen a member of the Muslim Brotherhood to be president. Earlier, they had elected an overwhelmingly fundamentalist parliament. Were it not for the armed forces, Egypt would be on its way to joining the “one person, one vote, one time” group of elected civilian dictatorships.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, however, has gotten the Supreme Court to dissolve the parliament and has changed the constitutional rules to strip the president of almost all powers. Thus it would seem that the country is following the path of Kemalist Turkey, with the armed forces ruling behind a civilian facade.

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