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Hanging by a Thread: Egyptian Democracy After the June 18 Coup

Posted on What's New Erin Ellis on June 15, 2012

In the aftermath of a military "coup" staged on June 18, the future of Egyptian democracy looks precarious. In retrospect, the situation might have been prevented if Egypt had used proportional representation to elect its parliament in the first place. 

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Kenya Visit Shows Youth Vote Key in Next Presidential Election

Posted on What's New Tyler Sadonis on April 24, 2012

After a disputed election in 2007 caused violence and chaos across Kenya, the youth are organizing to ensure a different outcome when Kenyans return to the polls in 2013 to elect a new president.

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Egypt and the Winner-Take-All Distortion

After previously explaining the hybrid election system recently used by Egypt in its parliamentary elections, we here analyze how use of winner-take-all elections for many seats distorted fair representation of political views and women. Seats elected by proportional representation provided far more representative results.

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Egyptian Parliamentary Elections, Part 1: The Rules

Posted on What's New Hã¼seyin Koyuncu, Arab Spring Series on February 13, 2012

Egypt recently held important parllamentary elections. We explain how some seats were elected with proportional voting and others with winner-take-all and the impact of these voting rules on representation.

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Egypt: The Military Struggles to Maintain its Legitimacy

Posted on What's New Hã¼seyin Koyuncu, Arab Spring Series on December 12, 2011

Amidst controversies and protests, Egypt last month held the first in a series of elections for a new parliament. FairVote has covered the region's moves toward representative democracy in our Arab Spring series. Here’s the first of a series of posts analyzing the elections, starting with a focus on the state country before the voting last month.

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Learning a Lesson from Egypt's Universal Voter Registration

Posted on What's New Elise Helgesen on December 07, 2011

Egypt recently began the process of electing members to its People's Assembly. Egypt's parliamentary elections provide an example for the United States worth taking note. Egypt uses a system of universal voter registration, which helped bring large numbers of voters to the polls. FairVote believes this type of universal voter registration would modernize and improve the type of voter registration in American elections.

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Tunisians Hold Arab Spring's First Vote

Posted on What's New Hã¼seyin Koyuncu, Arab Spring Series on November 04, 2011

 The election is seen as a democratic success for new Tunisia, with some 4.1 million registered voters voting to select the members of the Constituent Assembly – using a method of proportional representation that ensured nearly every participant elected someone, and no one faction earned the winner-take-all power to dominate other factions.  Tunisians have fulfilled their duty peacefully and with great pride, whether in the capital or in provincial towns. European Union observers saluted the election’s “transparency.” Clearly, the strong desire of Tunisians to be governed by democratically elected authorities guided the electoral process.   

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Update: Lebanon Discusses Adopting Proportional Representation

Posted on What's New Arab Spring Series, Yasmeen Gholmieh on August 22, 2011

The Arab Spring movement has influenced Lebanon differently than many of its neighbors. Unlike nations like Syria and Yemen, there aren't street protests. Rather, the turmoil in the country is within the Parliament, not the people themselves.

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Lebanon Discusses Adopting Proportional Representation

Posted on What's New Arab Spring Series, Jais Mehaji on July 19, 2011

Though not undergoing the same kind of upheaval as in Tunisia, Egypt, or Syria, Lebanon has been experiencing some change from the Arab Spring movement. As true in all countries moving toward real elections, adoption of proportional representation voting systems is seen as a key goal.

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More on Egypt's Electoral Law

Posted on What's New Arab Spring Series, Jais Mehaji on July 18, 2011

Progress toward democracy is looking all the more complicated in Egypt, as questions about the parliamentary elections’ rules remain unanswered and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces’ (SCAF) electoral measures are replete with ambiguity.

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