Hussein el-Shafie, who was a member of the Free Officers movement that overthrew Egypt's monarchy in a 1952 military coup and later served as vice president under Anwar al-Sadat, has died. He was 87.
El-Shafie, born in the Nile Delta city of Tanta in 1918, died Friday morning at his home, after a long illness, his nephew Nadia el-Shafie told The Associated Press.
El-Shafie was an officer in the Egyptian military during the 1948 war between the Arabs and Israel, and like many returned disillusioned with Egypt's King Farouq after the Arabs' losses.
He joined Gamal Abdel Nasser in the Free Officers Movement, a group of military officers who toppled the king in 1952. Abdel Nasser, who became president, elevated el-Shafie to war minister in 1954. He headed the court that tried members of the Muslim Brotherhood after an alleged assassination attempt against Abdel Nasser that same year.
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