Rami Khouri on the Arab elections

Reading the Arab Electoral Bandwagon
Agence Global
May 9, 2012
Commentary by: Rami Khouri, senior fellow with the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut
Topic: Arab elections

“BEIRUT — The history of elections in the modern Middle East has not been a happy one, with most of them over the past two generations having been charades stage-managed by military-based ruling elites who try to claim that their presidents-for-life enjoy popular legitimacy. Nobody buys the farce. These days, however, change is starting to happen in the electoral world of our region. The change is slow, piece-meal, and uneven, but it is starting to happen, and once it gains some momentum and credibility, it will roll across most of the region.”

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