Egypt: Lucky Gamal

Bells rang in the lobbies of Cairo's domed National Assembly one evening, and its 360 members scurried to their seats to hear a special message from President Gamal Abdel Nasser. It was time, Nasser had written, for Parliament to decide who will be the next President. Noting that his current term expires March 25, he urged the Assembly to nominate "whomever it sees fit." Almost as if he were considering retirement, Nasser declared: "I consider my self lucky to have had the honor of participating in public service."

According to the official newspaper Al Ahram,...

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