july memories / 26


26th July, 1952 : King Farouk of Egypt sailed out of Alexandria this evening in his luxury yacht. He has abdicated in favour of his nine-month old son, leaving all effective power in the hands of General Neguib, who led last Wednesday’s Army coup. Farouk’s fall follows a series of arms scandals in which his favourites were accused of supplying defective weapons at vast profits to themselves. It was his stubborn refusal to dismiss such favourites which led to Neguib’s coup. There was some dancing on the streets and smiling faces everywhere as the “Playboy King” fled.

[It seems that life in Egypt is one continuous dance.]

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