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Vol 50 No 1

Published 9th January 2009


Egypt

House of Mubarak

After Sadat’s assassination in 1981, Mubarak came to power by virtue of his military seniority; many believe similar principles apply today

President Hosni Mubarak will be working to ensure that his term ends with his son, Gamal, at the helm. The main electoral challenge would come from Al Ikhwan al Muslimeen (Muslim Brotherhood) if it were allowed to compete on equal terms with the ruling National Democratic Party, established by Anwar el Sadat in 1978 as part of his infitah (opening up) policy and now being cultivated as a fief to back Gamal, who lacks a popular power base. As NDP Deputy Secretary General, Gamal heads the Party’s powerful Policies Committee.

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