Egypt: Tough Times for Nasser

Cairo radio announced last week the death by suicide of Field Marshal Abdel Hakim Amer, the onetime second in command to Gamal Abdel Nasser be fore he fell into disgrace over Egypt's defeat in the Arab-Israeli war. At the same time, the radio announced that Amer, 47, had already been buried in his home village of Astal, 150 miles south of Cairo. Whether Amer jumped or was pushed into eternity, the news of his "suicide" added new tension and suspicion in a country already seething dangerously with plots, resentments and repression.


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