ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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From 50 Years Ago: Togetherness by Treaty

Vol VI, No 25 june 19, 1971

Togetherness by Treaty

The wide-ranging dismissals of important ministers and officials in the Egyptian cabinet and ruling party last month were regarded in some quarters as signifying more than the consolidation of Sadat’s power-base. As most of those dismissed, especially Aly Sabry and Samy Sharaf, were considered to be ‘Leftists’, these dismissals were seen as a calculated move to lessen Soviet influence in Egypt. Sabry’s dismissal immediately before the American Secretary of State Rogers’ arrival in Cairo was thought to be significant. Now, however, it seems more plausible that Sadat was not as concerned about sweetening relations with the US as about removing “centres of power” potentially hostile to his own position.

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