Mubarak and elections,
Egyptian President Husni Mubarak is going to allow multiparty competition for the presidency. But note that only offically recognized parties can field candidates. This step excludes the Muslim Brotherhood, probably the only serious competitor with Mubarak’s party. Will blog more on this later . . . I’m really sleepy and it is late. But just to say that while it is a step in the right direction, there is less to it than meets the eye and it is too early to get very excited. In a sense, Egypt’s step now makes its presidential elections somewhat analogous to those in Iran, where candidates are vetted beforehand.