Politics is usually complicated. In Egypt it's simple. The National Democratic party have been in power for the last 50 years. Recent constitutional changes proposed by the ruling party have been called 'the greatest erosion of human rights' in the last 25 years by Amnesty International. The changes outlaw the main opposition party, diminish judicial oversight of elections, increase army and police powers, and allow the president to dissolve parliament at will.

To ratifly the changes the constituion requires a referrendum, but this is largely a formality - with just 4 days to prepare, widespread voter apathy, and polling booths staffed by National Party activits, oposition groups chose to boycott the polls. This is an account of the days leading up to the referendum.

Cairo 2007


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