Attaining public positions through election

Public positions are those that are appointed by the public or citizens, or a representative group from a country or institution. For example, this can be citizens of a whole country that will appoint a President or Members of Parliament, a group of citizens such as Alexandrians that will appoint their Governor or a group of University trustees that will appoint their University Dean.

With the previous regime, security concerns superseded any other consideration, which meant that the appointments were rarely public appointments made by the citizens of Egypt. Therefore Egypt was considered an autocracy and not a democracy.

Democracy tries to guarantee the evolving of power in a country, to prevent an autocratic rule where power is monopolised by a single group.

There is an argument that due to the sensitivity of public positions in a transitional country such as Egypt, a stronger rule is required that does not allow power to constantly change hands. China is a good example of this form of leadership; stability over choice.