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The Egyptian 25 January Revolution at Year One: Challenges and opportunities in the transition towards democracy

28 Mar 2012 - 15:17

The Egyptian Revolution recently passed its first anniversary, and the country now finds itself on the road towards democracy. Promisingly, parliamentary elections have taken place, a new constitution will be drafted in due course, and presidential elections are in sight. However, Egypt's new government faces a number of challenges, such as delivering a constitution that guarantees equality, and implementing necessary reforms. The international community can constructively support this phase of the transition, but its policy should be underpinned by: a willingness to connect with all new actors in the political field; a focus on the role of civil society groups and their function in democracy; and conscientious account taken of shifting regional alliances.