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Monday, November 21, 2011

Talaat al-Sadat 1947-2011

In this chaotic year for Egypt, another politician with a legacy name has passed away, only weeks agter Khalid Abdel Nasser died. Talaat al-Sadat, nephew of President Anwar Sadat, has died of a heart attack at age 64. A maverick politician who opposed Husni Mubarak and was once prosecuted and jailed for suggesting the Army was behind the Sadat assassination, he somewhat inexplicably became the last head of Mubarak's National Democratic Party after Mubarak's departure and before the party's dissolution. More on him here and here, and Zeinobia's assessment here.

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