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By Prospect   December 2011

8TH DECEMBER 2011 Microbus democracy Rachel Aspden

Microbuses are Cairo’s most democratic form of transport—the battered white Nissans or Volkswagens carry workers, students and street vendors through the city’s snarled traffic for LE1-2 (10-20p) a ride. This week, with most of Cairo voting in run-offs and the rest waiting to go to the polls next week, the conversation on their packed, wobbly bench seats is all of democracy.

Results from the first round of voting have been a triumph for Islamist parties, with the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party securing around 36 per cent of the vote and the…

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