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    On Monday (18 June), Egypt celebrates its twentieth anniversary as a republic.

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    On Monday (18 June), Egypt celebrates its twentieth anniversary as a republic.

    From that shaky day in June, 1953 when General Mohamed Neguib abolished titles like Pasha and Boy, and declared the country a republic, Egypt has weathered some of the world's roughest political storms and emerged as a great nation.

    In a political reshuffle late in 1952, a new cabinet with Neguib as Prime Minister was substituted for that of Ali Maher. However, the real power lay with the nine officers of the Military Junta, known as the Revolutionary Command Council.

    The revolution gained momentum. Land ownership was cut down, and the power of the feudal class was abolished. Gamal Abdel Nasser was installed as president in June, 1956, and stayed there until his sudden death in 1970.

    The face of Egypt changed along with its political heart when Neguib took over. Where there had been British barracks along the Nile, large development project were erected. The one-party Government ASU building went up, so did a Hilton hotel and the big Arab League building.

    And in the centre of Cairo's Liberation Square, a statue tells the story of the 20 years of change....the monument to Mustafa Kamal, the man who negotiated with Britain in the 30's for Egypt's independence.

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