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Friday, September 16, 2011

Tantawi Leads Khalid Nasser Funeral

Supreme Council of the Armed Forces leader Field Marshal Tantawi has led the funeral of Khalid Abdel Nasser, who died yesterday.

No, the effective ruler of Egypt does not attend the funeral of every civil engineering professor who dies, especially those once tried for sedition. But at a time when the military is under a lot of criticism, evoking the Nasser era may be a tactical move. Note this photo of the funeral from The Daily News Egypt:

Though I'll admit, there aren't that many young people in the crowd.

And note that while the last couple of days have had a lot of Egypt posts, I think we're all going to be looking at Palestinian issues a lot next week. The UN will be everybody's focus.

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