Here's a telling indication of Egyptian democracy. Opposition parties have accused the government of undermining the constitution and the will of the people by announcing that President Hosni Mubarak will perform the constitutional oath of office for his 5th term in front of Parliament this coming September. The slight to democracy lies in the fact that the actual referendum will come later in the year.
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