In Egypt there is a glimpse of democracy in the elections intended to ensure a parliamentary renewal. For the first time, the opposition is seriously organized to gnaw a nice slice of votes at the government party, namely the National Democratic Party. The new popular movement “Kifaya” has given rise to a spontaneous protest against the Iraq war that unexpectedly turned into a mass revolt against the abuses and social disruption that stifled Egypt since independence in the ’52
The outcome of the elections in Lebanon is for some the first democratic turning point in the Middle East, for many it represents only the maintenance of well-established political immobility. Michel Aoun failed to drag the electorate with his program of renewal, inconvenient to the anti-Syrian opposition led by Muslim Saad Hariri, who ensured the majority in Parliament. Many shadows lie on the credibility of the future government.