EGYPT: Going to the People

One of the tasks interrupted by the Suez invasion was President Nasser's widely publicized promise to provide his regime with a popularly chosen Parliament. Nasser himself often told American visitors, in the friendly old days, that he knew his regime was too narrowly based, and that if he could keep out the corrupt and reactionary old politicians, he would like to revive democracy in Egypt. In fact, his narrow little junta of officers have neither the competence, the imagination or the time to administer Egypt's economy; in their distrust of everything past and pro-Western, they have shut themselves off...

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