Good Governance Africa quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Amy Hawthorne on a new electoral law in Egypt:

Amy Hawthorne, a resident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, says “legal opposition” is “a strange term when you have a protest law that doesn’t allow people to protest, and very, very circumscribed rights and freedom, and there isn’t really opposition allowed…in any meaningful way.”


As a result, many feel the only true opposition will come from outside the legal political spectrum. “A real opposition will come from the streets, will come from groups and movements that are being repressed,” Ms Hawthorne says. “And that’s always the danger; that there is no…political outlet for those people. That’s when you risk heading down a bad path.”

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