World: Candidates to Fill Cairo's Leadership Vacuum

WHEN asked why he refused to parcel out any real power to his ministers, Nasser once replied: "Show me ten men I can trust and I'll start delegating authority." Apparently he never found them. Before his death, Nasser refused to groom a political heir. The resulting vacuum in leadership could lead to chaos, to a collective leadership or even to a sudden coup d'etat executed by a young unknown, just as happened 18 years ago.

For the short term, however, there are three present or former Nasser lieutenants who are mentioned most often as successors. To gain the presidency, one of them...

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