Egyptians headed to the polls today to vote in the country's first parliamentary elections since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. But the election hasn't come without a great deal of controversy: throughout the past week, protests against Egypt’s military rule erupted throughout the country. Over people were 40 killed, and more than a thousand were injured. How will this affect the validity of the elections? And, amid all this turmoil, should they have even happened in the first place?
Offering his opinion is Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat professor for peace and development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution.