Sisi’s election in Egypt was closely watched.
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The current government is aggrieved to find itself facing possibly harsher international criticism than Mubarak ever did, mostly over questions of human rights.The idea has a philosophical foundation: Just as democracy is about more than elections and cannot allow an unbridled dictatorship of the majority, so must freedom not be allowed to become anarchy.Others find it elitist to suggest that the Arab world is not ready for democracy.Mahmoud Abbas' term as president of the Palestinian Authority ran out years ago.Egypt, compared to most other Arab states, has made impressive strides.The president is constitutionally limited to two terms in office – a stark contrast to most of the region.The government's defenders cast the criticism on human rights as unfair since other countries in the region are worse.
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