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Op-ed review: Nasser, perceptions of 1952 revolution

Egypt commemorated on Monday the 66th anniversary of the 23 July 1952 revolution during which the Free Egyptian Officers removed King Farouk from power. In this week celebrating the occasion, writers reflected on the significance of that historical phase. In state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper, Farouk Goweida discussed the image of the revolution’s leader, Gamal Abdul Nasser, …

Amira El-Fekki

The dilemma of Egypt’s public wages from Abdel Nasser to Al-Sisi

  Reforming the public sector and reducing its wages are some of the key elements of the economic reform programme adopted by the Egyptian government, and blessed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Yet, according to a study by the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights titled “Changes in the Public Sector Wage Policies …

Mohamed Samir

Once again, what about Al-Sisi’s relations with politicians?

A week after dissolving political parties, particularly on 16 January 1953, Abdel Nasser announced the establishment of the “Freedom Authority”, making it a direct subsidiary of the ruling “revolution council” at the time. It was purposely called “authority” rather than “party” or “front”. The expression makes it sound like one of the state’s authorities like …

Farid Zahran

What about Al-Sisi’s relationship with politicians?

In order to discuss Al-Sisi’s relationship with politicians and get to the root causes of this apparent acrimony between the president and those working in politics in Egypt, we must review how the heads of the 1952 family changed their relationships with politicians and the political process, in order to understand the constants of the …

Farid Zahran

And a toast to you all…

On 22 January 2012, two days before the then MB-controlled parliament convened for the first time, I hosted a party at my house. The moment you enter the door of the apartment, you face a big banner that said: “The Muslim Brotherhood are coming… quickly grab a drink or two”. Needless to say, the guests …

Mahmoud Salem

Without political support? (Part two)

In the previous article, I highlighted the importance of belonging to a political party or movement when it comes to presidential candidates. The presidential candidate that emerges from a party has a certain framework within which he works along with thousands of other members and volunteers. However, a presidential candidate who does not belong to …

Farid Zahran

What are the justifications for Al-Sisi’s nomination? Part two: The hegemonic state supporters

According to my analysis, highlighted in previous articles, the state includes three major groups, specifically, the police state supporters, the benevolent dictator supporter and those who support administrative reform. What bring the three groups together are their great faith in oppression and their unlimited confidence in the power and ability of the state. In addition, …

Farid Zahran

The Nasser restoration

Conservatives in Egypt – whether or not they admit to being so – will find themselves more content these days as matters seem to be rolling back to business as usual. As we live in a lull reminiscent of the Bourbon Restoration in France, a lot of the old is slugging it out with a …

Dr Mohamed Fouad

Hardly an end to military rule

As Egypt reckons with the 60th anniversary of the 23 July 1952 revolution, it is important to revisit the historical context which led to the officer’s coup as well as the figures within it that are perhaps not quite as remembered as well as they should.

The past is only one of the three important aspects for July 23 which still affects Egypt strongly to this very day.

Every single president up until before the current one has been a military man.

But that is just the direct interpretation of the concept of military rule with former officers holding hundreds of key positions within the state and the public sector, controlling the lives of citizens all the way to minutia of sanitation and water plants.

Finally, it is worth exploring the relationship between the two revolutions of 23 July 1952 and 25 January 2011, with many activists claiming the latter came to end the regime born out of the former while others, Nasserists and Arab Nationalists like former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabahi, claim they are two halves of the same whole.

Egypt has elected its first civilian president in Mohamed Morsy, but with the constitutional decree in effect, this hardly means the end of military rule.

Ahmed Aboulenein

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