Egypt: Shuffle for a Start

In response to recent riots and dem onstrations in Cairo, President Gamal Abdel Nasser promised to reform and improve his government. Last week he began the process. In the most thor ough Cabinet shakeout since he rose to power 16 years ago, Nasser sacked twelve of his 29 ministers, including two men who symbolized the pro-West and pro-Communist factions within his regime. He was apparently willing to part with such trusted associates in or der to give his Cabinet a fresh and more nonpolitical appearance.

The dismissed pro-Westerner was Deputy Premier Zakaria Mohieddin,...

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