Abdel Monem Said Aly

Chairman of the Board, CEO, and Director of the Regional Center for Strategic Studies in Cairo, and Senior Fellow at the Crown Center.

Sobhy Essaila

Senior researcher at the Alahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo.



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Egypt’s 2015 Parliamentary Elections: A Prelude to Stability?

Abdel Monem Said Aly and Sobhy Essaila
Middle East Brief 98, April 2016


The Egyptian parliamentary elections held in fall 2015 were meant to complete President el-Sisi’s political road map and restore stability and social order to the country. However, critics both in Egypt and the international community have questioned the elections’ legitimacy. The contention surrounding the elections was exacerbated by the low turnout and corruption that plagued the process. In this Brief, Abdel Monem Said Aly and Sobhy Essaila address this controversy but also provide a broader perspective on these elections by focusing on the novel features of their results: the absence of a presidential party, the proliferation of parties, a surge in women’s participation, greater representation of Copts, a higher number of university-educated MPs, and the absence of violence. The authors then examine how the recent parliamentary elections may enable the reestablishment of stability in Egypt.

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