23 July 2013, 17:06

Egypt: Transition to Democracy?

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Foreign Ministers from the European Union have issued a statement to the interim government in Egypt to hasten the transition to democracy, including the holding of elections in the shortest possible time. Ministers added that the military should not continue to play a political role, and that a civilian-led democratically elected government should be the goal for the country.

Egypt has already issued its own road map for transition, so why should European leaders now demand action from the military, having previously supported their intervention in Egypt? How realistic is a civilian government in the country at this time, and what form is it likely to take?

We are discussing these and other questions with our experts: Mona Makram-Ebeid, Political Sciences Professor at the American University of Cairo (AUC), Dr Omar Ashour, Director, Middle East Studies, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, Mustapha Kamel Al SayyidProfessor of political science and Director of the Center for Developing Countries Studies at Cairo University, Christian Wolff, expert on Egypt at the Nuremberg University in Germany.

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