Egypt: Mubarak Takes Over

Commited to Sadat's foreign policy, he must now restore confidence at home

For more than six years he had been Anwar Sadat's closest aide and heir apparent; last week he succeeded his slain mentor as President of Egypt. As the People's Assembly chanted, "Long live the Arab Republic of Egypt," Hosni Mubarak, 53, took the oath of office and pledged, as he had done immediately after Sadat's death, to follow his predecessor's policies. "This is my fate," he said, "to stand before you in his absence. Egypt is stable. The greatest tribute we can...

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