When Egypt's popular President Garnal Abdel Nasser died in 1970, his successor, Anwar Sadat" assumed the presidency amid an outpouring of ridicule and abuse by his countrymen. "We're suffering two plagues at one time," one joke went. "First Nasser dies. Then we get Sadat." Sadat was considered by most to be merely a second-rate "caretaker" who would surely be supplanted before long by a more prestigious leader. But today, five years later" Sadat is still president of Egypt, enjoying broad popular support and trust at home, facing no organized political opposition, and - what is more - considered by many to be the most prestigious and influential leader in the entire Arab world.
Please click the above PDF icon(s) to view or download the full Magazine Article in PDF format.