Monday, April 03, 2006

Continuing to put the pieces in place in Egypt: Re-introducing Gamal Mubarak

Al-Ahram Weekly Egypt Re-introducing Gamal Mubarak: "Speculation about President Hosni Mubarak's younger son's political ambitions -- ongoing for the last four years -- peaked last week with the publication of an interview with veteran journalist Mohamed Hassanein Heikal in the independent Al-Dostour. Heikal said that informed sources told him of a plan to catalyse Gamal's 'inheritance' of the presidency from his father sometime this year. According to Heikal -- a close confidante of former president Gamal Abdel-Nasser and an analyst whose political observations continue to resonate -- Mubarak wants to ensure that the son is in power during the father's lifetime. 'This is why efforts are being intensified,' Heikal said. "

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