EGYPT: When Vows Meet

A few weeks ago, Egypt's two strong men swore mighty oaths. Mustafa el Nahas, the old (75) pro, five times Prime Minister, since 1927 chief of the powerful and corrupt Wafd Party, vowed: "No power after God can force me from this position except the people." General Mohammed Naguib, the new Prime Minister, proclaimed a law requiring Egypt's political parties to purge themselves of corrupt leaders, and vowed: "The law is sacred, and will be applied to Mustafa el Nahas as to anyone else."

Last week these irreconcilable vows came into conflict, and...

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