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Why the Arab Spring failed

Egypt's general-president must take the blame

By Steve Bloomfield   December 2018
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi at the UN in September 2018 © Li Muzi/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi at the UN in September 2018 © Li Muzi/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

When and why did the Arab Spring fall apart? A narrative has grown over the past few years that it was doomed from the start. These countries weren’t ready, possibly weren’t even right, for democracy. The only winners would be Islamists and extremists, as proven by the election of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi. Egypt was only…

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