Libya's leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt continued their meetings about the possible merger of their two nations on tuesday (3 July) at a meeting with the Supreme Council of Judges.
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Background: Libya's leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt continued their meetings about the possible merger of their two nations on tuesday (3 July) at a meeting with the Supreme Council of Judges.
Colonel Gaddafi put his case for full union in the autumn. The Council is the body that would have to consider the alignment of the laws of the two nations if such a merger took place.
But Colonel Gaddafi's campaigning for the merger seemed to be meeting increasing coolness from the Egyptians. It was feared that Egypt was about to back out of the merger altogether that prompted the surprise round of talks.
The Libyan leader has staked his political future on the merger. He has said he cannot accept anything less than full unity, and will resign as President if the merger fails.
The Egyptian cabinet is known to favour a more gradual step-by-step process rather than immediate implication of union in the autumn demanded by the Colonel. Some Egyptians fear that Libya's cultural revolution is unsuitable for Egypt and that Egyptians will lose ground to a strict Islamic government of Colonel Gaddafi.
SYNOPSIS: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi met on Tuesday in Cairo with the Supreme Council of Judges. The meeting was to discuss plans to merge the two countries. Colonel Gaddafi had been in Egypt for a series of meetings prompted by Libyan fears that Egypt was going to back out of the merger.
Although Egypt was initially warm towards the idea of union, some Egyptians now fear that the country would lose ground in a union with the cultural revolution of the Libyans. the Egyptian cabinet wants a step-by-step implementation of union if any. But Colonel Gaddafi says he wants immediate full union or none at all.