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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Is Gamal Coming to the Summit?

Ha'aretz is reporting that Gamal Mubarak is accompanying his father to the Israeli-Palestinian direct talks in Washington this week, which Husni Mubarak and King ‘Abdullah of Jordan are attending. If this occurs, and particularly if Gamal meets with the Israeli delegates, it would seem to confirm that his father intends for him to succeed. Certrainly the proxy campaign for Gamal, the appearance of pro-Gamal posters, etc. have all seemed to point the same way, but officially there has been no indication that the elder Mubarak will not seek another term. If this is true, it could be the point where the denials stop.

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