Egypt’s Critics Have a Voice, but Never the Last Word
The Egyptian government continues policy of the past - giving opposition groups (like the Muslim Brotherhood) enough room to breath so they don't revolt, but not enough to be viable players in the government and society. They can speak but not act, this article says. Throughout history Egyptian govt has used this push and pull, bringing groups in and out of favor. They hold elections but arrest opposition groups and their supporters before them. Alongside these tactics is the intimidation and fear the govt instills in the population and political players through mass arrests and torture in their prisons.