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Leftist Egyptian icon Khaled Mohieldin dies at 95 in Cairo

Ahram Online , Sunday 6 May 2018
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Leftist Egyptian icon and the last surviving member of the 1952 revolution council Khaled Mohieldin passed away on Sunday in Cairo at the age of 95 after a long struggle with illness.

A military funeral will be held for Mohieldin.

Mohieldin was born in August 1922 in a wealthy and well-connected family in Kafr Shukr city in the governorate of Qalyubia, and graduated from Egypt's Military Academy in 1940.

Around two years after his graduation, Mohieldin, who was a cavalry officer at the time, befriended military officer and future president Gamal Abdel-Nasser, joining the Free Officers movement.

Mohieldin was one of the original 10 members of the movement, which later went on to depose King Farouk I on 23 July 1952, ending the Egyptian monarchy.

During the 1940s, Mohieldin adopted Marxism and was associated with the Egyptian Communist Organisation.

In 1977, Mohieldin founded the Tagamou Party, which is considered one of Egypt's main leftist parties.

In 1990, he was elected as a member of parliament.

Mohieldin also penned several books, mostly notably his memories titled ‘Now I speak,’ which were first published in 1992 and translated into English by the American University in Cairo in 1995 under the title ‘Memories of a Revolution : Egypt 1952.’

The Egyptian presidency said in a statement shortly after his death that Mohieldin made "valuable contributions to the country" since his participation in the 1952 July revolution.

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