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Hardly an end to military rule

As Egypt reckons with the 60th anniversary of the 23 July 1952 revolution, it is important to revisit the historical context which led to the officer’s coup as well as the figures within it that are perhaps not quite as remembered as well as they should.

The past is only one of the three important aspects for July 23 which still affects Egypt strongly to this very day.

Every single president up until before the current one has been a military man.

But that is just the direct interpretation of the concept of military rule with former officers holding hundreds of key positions within the state and the public sector, controlling the lives of citizens all the way to minutia of sanitation and water plants.

Finally, it is worth exploring the relationship between the two revolutions of 23 July 1952 and 25 January 2011, with many activists claiming the latter came to end the regime born out of the former while others, Nasserists and Arab Nationalists like former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabahi, claim they are two halves of the same whole.

Egypt has elected its first civilian president in Mohamed Morsy, but with the constitutional decree in effect, this hardly means the end of military rule.

Ahmed Aboulenein

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