THE SUDAN: Parallel Move

Gamal Abdel Nasser is not the first Egyptian to covet the Sudan. The Pharaohs, the Caesars, the Turks—all who held power in Egypt—cast envious eyes to the south on the "Land of the Blacks," which controls the upper waters of the Nile. In 1951 King Farouk presumptuously proclaimed himself "King of Egypt and the Sudan"; the Sudanese ignored him. During the Sudan's first parliamentary elections in 1953, the Egyptian army officers who overthrew Farouk dispatched Major Salah Salem to dance with the natives in his undershorts and ladle out a reported $5,000,000 trying to swing the Sudanese toward merger...

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