Egyptian politicians and activists turn out for funeral of cherished ex-president's son

Ahram Online , Saturday 17 Sep 2011

Key military figures Tantawi and Annan lead the funeral procession of Gamal Abdel Nasser's oldest son, Khaled, who died Thursday aged 63

Tantawy and Anan in Khaled Abdel Nasser
Tantawy and Anan in Khaled Abdel Nasser's funeral "Al Ahram Online"

Thousands of mourners turned out for the funeral of Khaled Gamel Abdel Nasser, the eldest son of former president Gamal Abdel Nasser. The funeral procession started at the north Cairo mosque named after the late leader.

Among the mourners was Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), and Army Chief of Staff General Samy Annan, along with other members of SCAF. Attendees presented their condolences to brothers Abdel Hakim and Abdel Hamid Abdel Nasser as well as to Khaled Abdel Nasser's son, Gamal. 

Many Nasserite and pan-Arab nationalist figures in Egypt and the Arab world were present. Potential presidential candidate and long time Nasserite Hamdeen Sabhi attended the funeral along with Sameh Ashour, chairman of the Nasserite party in Egypt, and Abdel Halim Kandeel, former coordinator of the Kefaya Movement.

Public personalities also appeared, including TV host Mahmoud Saad , famous writer Gamal Al-Ghanity , Judge Tahanay El-Gabli and businessman Ramy Lakh. 

Mourners chanted during the funeral pro-Gamal Abdel Nasser chants, in farewell to the deceased. 

Protesters participating in "No for Emergency Law Friday" stood a minute in silence in respect to late Khaled Abdel Nasser. The Muslim Brotherhood, which had a difficult past with president Nasser, officially presented its condolences to the Nasser family. 

At 63 years, Khaled Gamal Abdel Nasser, died in Cairo after 16 days in a coma on 15 September. Khaled Gamal Abdel Nasser was highly respected in Egypt and the Arab world for his views as well as stands he took against Sadat and Mubarak for adopting policies inconsistent with his father's pan-Arab outlook. 

In 1988, Nasser was accused of being part of a secret Nasserite leftist organisation, "Egypt's Revolution" or "Thwart Misr," that opposed the Camp David Accords and normalisation of relations with Israel. He was believed to be the mastermind of the group accused of planning to assassinate three Israeli diplomats and a fourth American diplomat.

Khaled Abdel Nasser was tried in absentia and was acquitted of the charges along other four of 10 facing trial. During that time Nasser lived between the UK and Yugoslavia before returning back to Cairo after the trial. 

Khaled Abdel Nasser graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University and he worked as as assistant professor in the university from 1986 to 2000. He was married to Dalia Samir Fahmy, the sister of former Minister of Petroleum Sameh Fahmy, and had one son, Gamal, and two daughters, Tahia and Magda.

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