With the triumph of the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate in the
presidential election, Egyptian history can be said to have closed a
circle. This "Second Republic" marks a return to that tumultuous time,
six decades ago, when the military officers overthrew the monarchy in
1952 and announced the birth of a new order.
inherited the wreckage of the Egyptian monarchy: the officer corps and
the Muslim Brotherhood. For a fleeting moment, the Brothers thought the
men in uniform were their allies. They dubbed the military seizure "the
blessed movement." But the coup makers had a different script in mind.
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