EGYPT: Resignation

Moving fast to consolidate the power he won after a six-week seesaw battle with Mohammed Naguib, Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser turned last week to the problem of a faithless friend. During the years he risked his neck plotting the overthrow of King Farouk, Nasser handpicked every one of the 14 original members of the Revolutionary Command Council, including Major Khaled Mohed-dine. Nasser knew that husky, young (33) Moheddine had been a Communist, but he accepted his oath of loyalty and his pledge to quit the Communist Party.

When the showdown with Naguib started last February, however, Khaled Moheddine showed that...

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