Tuesday,23 April, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1393, (10 - 16 May 2018)
Tuesday,23 April, 2019
Issue 1393, (10 - 16 May 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Last leaf falls

 Khaled Mohieddin
Khaled Mohieddin

With heavy hearts, writers this week received news of the death of Khaled Mohieddin, the last member of the military council that initiated the 1952 Revolution.

Usama Al-Ghazali Harb wrote in the daily Al-Ahram that all of Egypt -- in the full sense of the word -- bid Mohieddin farewell. Each and every Egyptian whether rich or poor, leftist, Nasserist or liberal, Christian or Muslim, will find something to link him or her with Mohieddin.

“If you are an Egyptian, concerned with the woes of your country and willing to participate in building a genuine democratic regime, you will appreciate that Mohieddin exerted ever effort to establish the Tagammu National Democratic Party to become one of the cornerstones of the desired democratic regime,” Al-Ghazali Harb wrote.

Akram Al-Kassass wrote that with the death of Mohieddin a page related to the rise and fall of political parties in the 1980 and 1990s has been turned.

Al-Kassass asked how it was that political parties flourished in that period and then fell. Was that because of the absence of a second line, or to the nature of the party leaders like Mohieddin, Fouad Serageddin and Ibrahim Shoukri at the time?

“What stopped these parties from becoming permanent political waves that last from one generation to the other is still a mystery. Some ascribe it to the absence of a power rotation, the most important sign that there is life in politics. Others attribute it to foreign interference that renders all political parties inactive. That caused a political vacuum that was very conspicuous after the 25 January Revolution,” Al-Kassass wrote in the daily Al-Youm Al-Sabei.

Mahmoud Khalil wrote that the last leaf of the 1952 Revolution fell with the death of Mohieddin at the age of 95.

Mohieddin, Khalil remembered, was one of the most biased officers in favour of democracy. During the 1954 crisis, he stood by the then president Mohamed Naguib because he saw then that democracy was the only natural way to govern. Then, Khalil added in his regular column in the daily Al-Watan, Mohieddin preferred to resign from the revolution council in 1954 when “individual rule” managed to vanquish any attempt to build a democratic system.

Unlike other revolution officers, Khalil said, Mohieddin possessed a coherent political vision that was clearly reflected in the programme of the Tagammu Party when he established it in 1977.

“Mohieddin’s prior ambition was to establish a better country that enjoys a political democratic life as well as an economy based on social justice.”

By Islam, Al-Watan


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