Four years after Egypt uprising, patronage politics dominate again

February 26, 2015 7:16 AM

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Four years after Egypt uprising, patronage politics dominate again

SADAT CITY, Egypt (Reuters) - How much is a vote worth? In Egypt's Sadat City - a sprawling, industrial center filled with the young and unemployed - it costs the same as it did under Hosni Mubarak: blankets, sacks of fertilizer and affordable healthcare.

Four years after Egypt's 2011 popular uprising that toppled Mubarak and raised hopes for an end to patronage politics, many desperate citizens will cast their vote in next month's parliamentary poll in accordance with the same old system.

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