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February 15, 2011

Mike O'Neil on Egypt: What's Next?

See O'Neil's fine "Now the Hard Part for Egypt", which appeared yesterday in The Huffington Post and elsewhere. Excerpt:

The caretakers of the transition are the military. The thing to watch for are key institutional reforms. Release of political prisoners would be a good start. Then look to whether the press begins to operate independently of government control: do they regularly and freely criticize the regime?

And look for the revocation of the blank check "emergency rule" which permits almost unlimited and unconstrained government action. It the military intent is to produce a democratic system in Egypt, these could and should begin almost immediately.

Posted by JD Hull at February 15, 2011 11:59 PM

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