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Prominent Egyptian ‘Free Officer’ dies at 94

Former prime minister and founder of Egypt’s General Intelligence, Zakaria Mohie El-Din passed away Tuesday; Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi among military figures who paid their condolences

Ahram Online, MENA, Tuesday 15 May 2012
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Zakaria Mohie El-Din, a member of the 1952 Revolution leading council and a historic Egyptian military figure, passed away Tuesday at 94.

His military funeral took place later on the same day as high-profile army leaders  attended it to pay their condolences, including Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Egypt's de-facto ruler. 

Chief-of-Staff Sami Anan, interim premier Kamal El-Ganzouri and Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim were also among the attendees.

Mohie El-Din’s body was wrapped in an Egyptian flag and placed on a carriage, which was followed by another carrying his medals and accolades.

Born 5 July 1918, Mohie El-Din was one of the prominent military officers who formed a movement under the name "The Free Officers," staging the 1952 Revolution whereby Egypt transitioned from a monarchy to a republic.

The 1952 Revolution brought late President Gamal Abdel Nasser to power, for whom Mohie El-Din for some time acted as vice president. He was also a former prime minister.

Mohie El-Din was also the founder of Egypt’s General Intelligence.

Over the last 44 years, Mohie El-Din was barely in the public eye and spoke to the media only on the rarest of occasions.

His last official appearance was in 2002 during celebrations of the 1952 Revolution’s 50th anniversary. He was honoured by then ruler Hosni Mubarak.

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