Egypt: Changes and Challenges of Political Transition

MEDPRO Technical Paper, No. 4, May 2011

34 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2012

Date Written: May 20, 2011


Hosni Mubarak’s regime and its power system enjoyed remarkable stability for over 30 years. On 11 February 2011, however, after 18 days of mass protests, the Egyptian president was forced to step down, revealing the unsustainability of the political and economic system that had ensured his continuity for so long. While the revolution of January 25th led to a major success – the fall of Mubarak – Egypt’s political future is still opaque and exposed to a number of risks. This paper first highlights the factors underpinning the former stability of Mubarak’s regime; it then assesses the causes of its underlying unsustainability, leading to the popular anti-government mobilization in January-February 2011 and the removal of Mubarak; finally the paper evaluates the prospects for a genuine democratic transition in Egypt, by looking at the main political and socio-economic challenges facing the country.

Keywords: Egypt, changes, socio-economic challenges, political transition, Hosni Mubarak’s regime, unsustainability, Mubarak,

Suggested Citation

Paciello, Maria Cristina, Egypt: Changes and Challenges of Political Transition (May 20, 2011). MEDPRO Technical Paper, No. 4, May 2011, Available at SSRN:

Maria Cristina Paciello (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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