EGYPT: The Boss Takes a Hand

At the tag end of an 18-hour workday, General Mohammed Naguib, Egypt's reluctant strong man, and his eager-beaver officers gathered around a radio in Abbas-sia barracks. They tuned in to hear their hand-picked Premier, Aly Maher, report to the nation. When the Premier had finished, the officers were disappointed and mad. Why hadn't Aly spelled out his proposed social and economic reforms instead of merely saying that reforms were on the way? The Premier had been long on generalities, short on specifics. His only hard & fast promise was a pledge to lift press censorship....

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