Controversial political figure and last NDP head, Talaat El-Sadat dies at 64

Hatem Maher, Sunday 20 Nov 2011

Talaat El-Sadat, former parliament member and newphew to Egypt's late president, Anwar El-Sadat, dies of a heart attack at the age of 64

Talaat El-Sadat
Former Parliament member Talaat El-Sadat died of heart attack at the age of 64

Famous political figure and lawyer Talaat El-Sadat, the nephew of late Egyptian president Anwar El-Sadat, died on Sunday morning at the age of 64 after suffering a heart attack.

The outspoken Sadat, widely known for his controversial remarks, was a staunch critic of ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s rule.

He was jailed for one year in 2006 on charges of insulting the Egyptian army after accusing it of not doing enough to protect late president Anwar El-Sadat, who was assassinated in October 1981 during a ceremony commemorating the 1973 war triumph over Israel.

However, he took the army’s side following Egyp's January revolution, praising its “efforts to stop disorder” and saying that the country should be ruled by a military man.

In a shocking move, Sadat changed camps and became the new president of the notorious National Democratic Party following the revolution that ended the 30-year rule of strongman Mubarak. He vowed to improve its battered image, but did not have time to do so after an Egyptian court dismantled the party as part of the revolutionaries demands.

He was in the process of establishing the Egypt National Party shortly before his death.

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