“There are two essential components to making a democracy work — both involving a recognition of the reality of divisions in society. The losing side, despite their bitter disappointment, must accept the legitimacy of the outcome, and the winning side must accept the reality and legitimate rights of the losing side. These are the hard tests of democracy and real challenges lay ahead. If we look closely at this election, and indeed everything that has transpired since February of 2011, we can see that Egypt’s nascent democracy is still a work in progress. There are clearly two poles in the contest for power–and an emergent third pole in the making.”
There are lessons Egypt can learn from its first free and fair presidential election but in the end a democratic decision was reached. When the Supreme Constitutional Court chair, Farouk Sultan, went through every single electoral violation and the way the electoral commission rectified these issues, it served as a reminder that elections are not simple but gave the election a much needed boost to its legitimacy after the issues in the previous week.
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