Sadat: A Faithful Pupil Takes Over

Out of the shadow, a hand-picked successor

It may have been, as Anwar Sadat would have believed, the hand of fate that brutally tore him from the world stage. That same hand narrowly bypassed Sadat's most attentive pupil and long-chosen successor, who was at the President's side when the bullets slammed into the reviewing stand. Hosni Mubarak, 53, Egypt's Vice President since Sadat picked him for the post in 1975, emerged from the assault with no more than a bandaged left hand as a memento of his narrow escape.

Mubarak's accession to the presidency this week fulfills two of Sadat's chief wishes: to...

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