Thursday, 8 April 2010


Kamal El-Shazly: another semi-divine politician down?

  • Thursday, 8 April 2010
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  • Earlier this year, Grand Imam of Egypt's Al-Azhar passed away while in Saudi Arabia. A week ago, Egypt's president Hosni Mubarak returned to Egypt after treatment in Germany triggering many questions and rumours regarding his health and well-being. Two days ago, it was Kamal El-Shazly's turn.

    كمال الشاذلى رئيس المجالس القومية المتخصصة

    Kamal El-Shazly, one of the longest-serving parliamentarian in the world, is an NDP tycoon who served the Egyptian regime since its inception in the aftermath of the 1952 revolution. In his more recent history, El-Shazly served as Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and is now the head of the Specialized National Councils, a body made of Committees that study and research socio-economic problems.

    Anti-NDP activists and social movements repeatedly referred to Kamal El-Shazly and other long-serving, versatile political tycoons amongst the NDP's "Old Guard" as "ansaaf aliha" (semi-divine).

    On Tuesday, 6 April 2010, Youm7 reported that El-Shazly arrived in Egypt after a long trip to the US during which he "underwent sensitive operations on his digestive system." According to the article, El-Shazly exited Cairo International Airport Hall 4 on a "chaise longue" accompanied by his wife and son. El-Shazly is expected to be back in the USA for further treatment within a month.

    Kamal El-Shazly is considered one of the stronger people amongst the so-called "Old Guard" of the ruling NDP who are being challenged by a rising "New Guard" led by Gamal Mubarak and a group of business tycoons allied to President Mubarak's son.

    1 Responses to “Kamal El-Shazly: another semi-divine politician down?”

    Anonymous said...
    20 November 2010 at 01:22

    finally the devil is dead. hope he burns in hell

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