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Nasser's Blessed MovementEgypt's Free Officers and the July RevolutionWith a New Introduction$
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Joel Gordon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789774167782

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774167782.001.0001

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"The Secret of the Nine"

"The Secret of the Nine"

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(p.109) 6 "The Secret of the Nine"
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Nasser's Blessed Movement
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Joel Gordon

Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774167782.003.0007

This chapter examines the relations between the military junta and the officer corps that formed it. It first considers the role envisioned by the Free Officers for the army and for their own movement before discussing their growing discord with Muhammad Nagib in the context of a power struggle. It then analyzes the officers' conflict with Colonel Rashad Mahanna and the controversy surrounding the revelation of the names of the original nine junta members who decided to oust King Farouk from power. It also assesses the impact of the power struggle between Nagib and his younger colleagues on the internal stability of the Command Council of the Revolution (CCR) and concludes with the argument that the junta's actions were not consistent with its promise of a return to democracy.

Keywords:   military junta, Muhammad Nagib, Free Officers, army, power struggle, Rashad Mahanna, Command Council of the Revolution, democracy

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