Egypt: Freedom, Later

"Change! Change!" Egyptian students shouted at President Gamal Abdel Nas ser last month. He promised to. Two weeks ago he purged his Cabinet of many of its political figures, choosing as replacements technocrats from the universities and the professions. Last week, speaking on television and radio from his office in the presidential palace of Kubbeh, Nasser presented a comprehensive plan aimed at entirely revitalizing his Arab Socialist Union, the country's only legal political party, and giving Egypt a new constitution.

Under Nasser's plan, a set of nationwide elections will be held to name new delegates to the Arab Socialist Union,...