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Vol 51 No 1

Published 8th January 2010


Succession is a family business

First Lady Suzanne Mubarak (née Thabet, born in El Minya to an Egyptian doctor and his Welsh wife) is increasingly important in politics, building national alliances and an international profile for herself, as well as promoting her second son, Gamal, to replace her husband. Gamal Mubarak has built a power base in the National Democratic Party and developed strong ties with the financial technocrats he met when he held executive positions in the Bank of America, first in Cairo and then in London in 1988-94.

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