More of Democracy’s Downside in the Middle East


As in Egypt, the Palestinian territories and Iraq, so in Bahrain. Given the chance to vote more or less freely, even for a Parliament with limited powers, voters in the island kingdom overwhelmingly threw their support behind Islamist parties. Their secular liberal opponents were stomped flat.

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