A military committee formed to write Egypt's revolution history met for the first time in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Thursday (8 January).
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GV Committee members arriving and shown to seats
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SV Members down passageway to meeting room
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Background: A military committee formed to write Egypt's revolution history met for the first time in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Thursday (8 January).
The main text of the planned history will centre around the events of July, 1952, when a group of young army officers led by the late Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser seized power in Cairo. As a result King Farouk was forced to abdicate and General Muhammed Neguib was installed as head of the military jaunts.
The following June, Egypt was declared a republic and General Neguib became President and Prime Minister. In November 1954 the General was relieved of his posts and Colonel Nasser took over as head of state until his death in September 1970.
The preliminary planning meetings for the history are being held at the headquarters of the Revolution Council in Cairo and the committee is headed by Egyptian Vice-President Hosny Mobarek.
At Thursday's meeting the committee listened to a speech by General Mohamed Fawzi, the retired commander of the Egyptian army during the Six Day War with Israel in 1967. General Fawzi pointed out that many facts had come to light which were not registered in previous military documents of past events.
Informed sources in Egypt say that General Fawzi's testimony and further evidence expected to be presented by other military personnel could do much to tarnish the image of the late Colonel Nasser who was revered throughout the Arab world.
Although this almost fanatical adoration of Nasser continues in other Arab countries more and more Egyptians - and certainly many sections of the Egyptian press - are joining in a chorus of abuse against the dead leader. Many now challenge his revolutionary credentials and, if concrete evidence is presented and accepted by the history writing committee, the world could possibly see a documented history that could prove a "revelation".
SYNOPSIS: The headquarters of the Egyptian Revolution Council in Cairo where the first meeting of a military committee formed to write the history of Egypt's revolution was held on Thursday. The committee is headed by Egyptian Vice-President Hosny Mobarek.
The main text of the history is expected to revolve around the events of July nineteen fifty-two. This was when a group of young army officers led by the late Colonel Gamal Nasser seized power and forced King Farouk to abdicate.
Oh Thursday General Mohamed Fawzi, the retired commander of the Egyptian army in the Six Day War of nineteen sixty-seven, appeared before the committee.
General Fawzi told the committee that he believed many facts relating to the history of the revolution were not registered in previous military documents. The revelation of these facts, if accepted, could shed a different light on the sequence of past events.
Other present and past military personnel are expected to appear before the committee. Informed sources in Egypt say that it is possible that they are likely to present evidence that could tarnish the image of Colonel Nasser, so long revered throughout the Arab world.