Sunday, September 28, 2003

Gamal Mubarak's Reforms

Via al-Jazeera I see that Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party has adopted a political and economic reform package pushed by Husni Mubarak's son, Gamal Mubarak. Husni Mubarak is getting old, and many believe Gamal is slated as his replacement, though all involved deny that. The New York Times also discusses these issues, calling attention to the difference between announcing reforms and actually reforming. If the U.S. wanted a more democratic Middle East, some pressure in the right places could ensure that these new policies are implemented. However, given the Bush administration's track record, we're not likely to see that, even though Egypt is far closer to the mainstream of the Arab world than Iraq.


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