First Look Seven years after Arab Spring, democracy wavers in Middle East

Next week's presidential elections in Egypt will field only one serious contender, a fact that has some concerned about a return to authoritarianism. Egypt's case raises questions about many Middle Eastern countries who have a complex relationship with democracy.

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Egyptians go to the polls next week in what is essentially a one-candidate election considered by critics to be a return of sorts to authoritarian rule, after a 2011 revolution that sparked loftier expectations for the region. But the bigger picture is that in the Middle East as a whole, democracy has largely failed to take hold.