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EGYPT: Youth group calls for 'total boycott' of election to strip it of legitimacy

November 15, 2010 |  4:18 pm

Throughout much of the world, engaged young people encourage their peers to get involved in politics, campaign for trusted politicians and vote come election day.

Not so in Egypt, where a political system many see as deeply corrupt has inspired some young people to call for a boycott of the Nov. 28 parliamentary elections.

Ahmed Maher is co-founder of the April 6 Youth Movement, a political organization in Egypt. In the video below, presented by the Carnegie Middle East Center as part of a series, he discusses his movement's role in Egyptian politics, the upcoming parliamentary elections and his call for a "total boycott" of the vote to highlight what he calls its lack of legitimacy. 

-- Carnegie Middle East Center