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Prof. Ray Bush - Egypt’s democracy is on the street

04 January 2012 |

Prof. Ray Bush - Egypt’s democracy is on the street

Ray Bush, Professor of African Studies and Development Politics comments on Egypt's struggle for political liberalisation in a piece in the Guardian.

"Ahdaf Soueif's graphic account of "an endgame struggle with the old regime and the military" is a timely reminder of how Egypt's struggle for political liberalisation is playing out. Yet the heroic struggles of Egyptians, protesting now against the removal of yet another military-appointed prime minister, will not alone get rid of the old regime. Neither is it likely the endgame will be anytime soon. However, it is absolutely clear that if there is to be a process of democratic deepening it will only come from the street, where permanent revolution alone guarantees holding the military and other reactionary forces to account."

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