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Vol 51 No 1

Published 8th January 2010


Egypt

Generational change

After three decades, President Mubarak is determined to keep a grip on power for as long as it takes to prepare his son Gamal to succeed him

The suggestions that the internationally respected diplomat Mohamed Mostafa el Baradei is an enemy of the Egyptian state show the desperation of the power clique around the fading, 81-year-old President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, even if the prospects for his early exit are, barring health crises, slim. Egyptians were shocked by the vehemence with which the official press attacked the former Director General of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency. El Baradei had been a national hero and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 for standing up to United States President George W. Bush’s government over claims that the late President Saddam Hussein’s Iraq was developing nuclear weapons.

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